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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Running Lines: Iona Prep’s ‘Little Shop’ by Peter D. Kramer

Thomas Steccato has played his share of characters in his time at Iona Prep in New Rochelle. Last year, he played the confident window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch in “How to Succeed in …

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Running Lines: Greeley’s ‘Legally Blonde’ by Peter D. Kramer

There are 303 kids in Horace Greeley High School’s Class of 2014. This weekend, you can be precisely certain where at least 220 of them will be. They’ll be on stage at Greeley, t…

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Running Lines: Woodlands’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ by Peter D. Kramer

Rehearsal hasn’t started yet. The Tinman’s on his cellphone. The Scarecrow’s practicing scary looks. And Toto’s getting lots of attention. Welcome to “The Wizar…

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Running Line: John Jay’s ‘Rent’ by Peter D. Kramer

In a school year that has seen controversy over a Connecticut school’s production of “Rent: School Edition,” John Jay High School—where a student was once reprimanded…

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Running Lines: Croton-Harmon’s ‘The Pajama Game’ by Peter D. Kramer

Coming to Croton-Harmon High School’s stage this weekend is perhaps the most famous musical ever made about a labor-management dispute. It’s “The Pajama Game,” and it…

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Running Lines: Clarkstown South’s ‘Mystery of Edwin Drood’ by Peter D. Kramer

Not a lot of musicals begin without knowing how they’re going to end. “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the unfinished Charles Dickens story that Rockland native Rupert Holmes …

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Running Lines: Spring Valley’s ‘In the Heights’ by Peter D. Kramer

Another weekend, another East Ramapo school district high school presenting “In the Heights.” This weekend, it’s Spring Valley, following in the footsteps of crosstown coun…

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Running Lines: Port Chester’s ‘Urinetown’ by Peter D. Kramer

Devon James knows what it’s like to carry a show. He was a standout at Harrison High School. Now, he’s directing at Port Chester High School, which presents the wickedly funny sa…

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Running Lines: Lakeland’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ by Peter D. Kramer

Anthony DeMarte was underdressed, but suitably so. There he was, as Don Lockwood, bidding farewell to his girlfriend, Kathy (Gabbie Sansone), in a downpour, wearing a tanktop and swim trunks…

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Running Lines: Eastchester’s ’42nd Street’ by Peter D. Kramer

“You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back … a star!” It’s one of my favorite lines, a charmingly cornball expression of moxie perfe…

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Running Lines: Brewster’s ‘Peter Pan’ by Peter D. Kramer

The day I dropped in at Brewster High School, they were working on high-energy number called “Ugg-a-Wugg,” in which the native princess Tiger Lily joins forces with Peter Pan and…

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Flu strikes, lines to follow by Peter D. Kramer

After touring four musicals on Monday—and intending to get to four more Tuesday—I was felled by the flu. I’m now able to lift my head enough to try to post all the Running …

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Running Lines: Ossining’s ‘Legally Blonde’ by Peter D. Kramer

There’s something exciting about opening night, but things at Ossining High School were a bit extra special tonight, as “Legally Blonde: The Musical” marks the opening of a…

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Running Lines: Ramapo’s ‘In the Heights’ by Peter D. Kramer

This year, Ramapo and Spring Valley high schools, which are in the East Ramapo School district and sit three miles apart, present the same musical on consecutive weekends. In a cool arrangem…

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Scaling ‘Heights’ together by Peter D. Kramer

When two schools are three miles apart, you might expect a rivalry when it comes to their high-school musicals But this year, East Ramapo School District’s two high schools — Ram…

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Running Lines: Ursuline’s ‘Legally Blonde’ by Peter D. Kramer

Sometimes, you make a musical fit your cast. When director Edie Ann Reidy chose “Legally Blonde” as The Ursuline School’s spring musical, she knew that the piece’s he…

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Running Lines: Alexander Hamilton’s ‘All Shook Up’ by Peter D. Kramer

Producer Rob Jacoby measures the success of Alexander Hamilton High School’s theater program in one very tangible way. He doesn’t have to go out and drag kids off the practice fi…

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Running Lines: Hendrick Hudson’s “Working” by Peter D. Kramer

I wish Studs Terkel had met the three teachers who have breathed life into the musicals at Hendrick Hudson High School for the past seven years. They might have made it into a loving tribute…

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Running Lines: Blind Brook’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ by Peter D. Kramer

Some kids you can pick out of a lineup as “theater kids.” They’ve got a twinkle in their eye. Or maybe all those bright lights have left a glow on their cheek. Whatever its…

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Running Lines: Pelham’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” by Peter D. Kramer

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is chockfull of over-the-top and memorable characters, from a showstopping star to a “blue” man in a comfy chair, to a Latin lover and a couple…

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Running Lines: Tappan Zee’s ‘The Music Man’ by Peter D. Kramer

Zach Reiter has played his share of roles at Tappan Zee High School. Last fall, the TZ senior played the title role in “Candide,” innocent and wide-eyed. Harold Hill is neither i…

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Running Lines: Westlake’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ by Peter D. Kramer

The costumes are so bright in Westlake High School’s production of “Guys and Dolls” they seem to be electrified. For example, senior Jake Frisbie plays Nicely Nicely Johnso…

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Running Lines: Carmel’s ‘Legally Blonde’ by Peter D. Kramer

The kids at Carmel have been working hard to ready “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” the story of a Malibu blonde who follows her love to Harvard Law, only to discover she’s s…

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Running Lines: Harrison’s ‘A Chorus Line’ by Peter D. Kramer

Bare stage? Check. Orchestra? Check. Kids who can dance and act their faces off? Check and check. Harrison has everything it needs for tonight’s opening of “A Chorus Line,”…

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Running Lines: Suffern’s ‘Oklahoma’ by Peter D. Kramer

The folks in Suffern are probably tired of hearing me go on and on about Dan McCarter’s incredible pit orchestra. I seem to do it every year, but McCarter and his massive band are real…

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Running Lines: North Salem’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” by Peter D. Kramer

Sometimes, I arrive at a rehearsal and the cast just doesn’t seem to be ready. Kids are talking when they should be listening. The director is pulling his hair out. The CD won’t …

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Running Lines: Valhalla’s “How to Succeed…” by Peter D. Kramer

Warmups can take many forms. Some pre-rehearsal warmups call for actors to shake things out, counting down from 5. Shake out your left arm, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1…” Shake out your …

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Running Lines: Sleepy Hollow’s “Bye Bye Birdie” by Peter D. Kramer

The stage is set and director Julie Colangelo is putting the cast of “Bye Bye Birdie” through the paces of “The Telephone Hour” at Sleepy Hollow High School. It’…

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

A musical prom-posal at Harrison’s “A Chorus Line” by Peter D. Kramer

I cover a lot of high-school musicals and, sometimes, it’s easy to forget that those singing-dancing-acting kids are still just kids, with essays to write and stat homework to do. That…

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Running Lines: Tuckahoe’s “Hairspray” by Peter D. Kramer

Tuckahoe Middle/High School director Cathy Gmoser has a lot on her hands these days, readying the wacky and irreverent “Hairspray” to the stage starting tonight. There’s a …

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Running Lines: Edgemont’s “The Sound of Music” by Peter D. Kramer

Carrie Underwood may be the latest star to play Fraulein Maria in “The Sound of Music,” but Edgemont senior Dina Resnick is modeling her portrayal of the nun-governess-mother on …

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