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Monday, March 2, 2015

At Edgemont, going out Strong in ‘Urinetown’ by Peter D. Kramer

Joshua Roman has acted in musicals before, but never at Edgemont High School. That changes this week, when the 17-year-old senior leads the cast of the quirky and irreverent “Urinetown…

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Giving the devil his due in Harrison’s ‘Yankees’ by Peter D. Kramer

If there was a word to describe Paul, the character Troy Trippiccio played in Harrison High School’s production of “A Chorus Line” last year, he said it’d be “s…

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At Hendrick Hudson, ‘Our Town’ to Whoville by Peter D. Kramer

Travis Ramirez has played it serious, as the haunted church organist Simon Stimson in “Our Town.” He played it madcap backstage in “Fiddler on the Roof,” playing all …

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Filling big shoes to play ‘Dolly’ in Yorktown by Peter D. Kramer

Yorktown High School’s Gabby Landicino said the sky is the limit this year, as she tackles one of musical theaters plummest parts: Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” “You …

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

No problem for Maria at Kennedy Catholic by Peter D. Kramer

Kelsey Baron of Peekskill doesn’t lack for inspiration as would-be nun Maria in Kennedy Catholic’s production of “The Sound of Music,” running this weekend. The sopho…

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In Irvington, a ‘doll’ learns to let her hair down by Peter D. Kramer

Playing it straight is no problem for Chae Young Kang, an Irvington senior who said her Korean grandmother runs a tight ship at home. “I feel really connected to Sarah, living in a res…

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Washing prejudice into her role, at Byram Hills by Peter D. Kramer

Alisia Escobar, a senior at Byram Hills, has played some great roles in her school career: Annie in “Annie,” Chava in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Belle in “Beauty…

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Carmel goes beyond ‘happy ever after,’ together by Peter D. Kramer

Bryan Lynch reads from his iPad and rattles off his director’s notes to the cast in rat-a-tat fashion. A set change needs fixing. A line needs a different delivery. What happened to th…

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In Briarcliff, the quirky, dark ‘Urinetown’ by Peter D. Kramer

Paul Kite, a guest director who takes the reins of Briarcliff’s excellent theater program from producer Ian Driver, said he chose “Urinetown” for a few reasons: “It&#…

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High school rarity: Pleasantville’s ‘La Mancha’ by Peter D. Kramer

Leading the dozen shows opening on high-school stages this week is a high-school rarity: “Man of La Mancha” at Pleasantville. The musical story of Don Quixote employs the booming…

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Going out on a Porter high at Rye by Peter D. Kramer

By any measure, Ben DeMarco’s range of roles in his Rye High School career has been impressive: Snoopy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” to The Beast in “Be…

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A demon barber at Bronxville’s Christ Church by Peter D. Kramer

The hottest ticket in New York this week may not be on Broadway, but for “Sweeney Todd,” staged in a church basement in Bronxville. The plan was for Bronxville High School to unv…

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Metro Awards add critic category by Peter D. Kramer

Exciting news on the Metro Awards front. The Metros and media sponsor The Journal News and lohud.com will collaborate to add a new category this year: student critic. Here’s how it wor…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

In Rye Neck, 1 title part, and 4-part harmony by Peter D. Kramer

Last year, Mikael Bucknavage was unrecognizable in a sea of green latex as the title character in “Shrek.” This year, the Rye Neck senior is 17 and decidedly less irritable. In f…

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Mamaroneck goes all-in with ‘Mattress’ by Peter D. Kramer

With its PACE program and a tradition of performing arts excellence, Mamaroneck High School is an arts-centric school. But for years, if a Mamaroneck kid wanted to be in a big-book musical, …

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Rye Country Day goes ‘Footloose’ by Peter D. Kramer

Whether on Broadway or at a local high school, theater is full of tradition. Some schools have senior circles where the about-to-graduate cast members bid a tearful farewell at the final cur…

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The Masters School gets into its PJ’s by Peter D. Kramer

Here’s are glimpses of what I saw at a recent rehearsal at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, where Chris Briante is filling the considerable shoes of the now-retired M.A. Haskin. When…

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Friday, February 20, 2015

A change atop Hudson Valley Shakespeare by Peter D. Kramer

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival turns 29 in June, two months after Kate Liberman—its new managing director, named last week—turns 30. Liberman, a Needham, Massachusetts native…

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Four courses, one J.B. Smoove by Peter D. Kramer

When he was at Mount Vernon High School back in the ‘80s, J.B. Smoove wasn’t a comedian yet. And his name wasn’t Smoove. Back then, he was Jerry Brooks. “I was a hall…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An all-girl “Joseph” at School of the Holy Child (video) by Peter D. Kramer

When you’re an all-boys or all-girls school, there are two ways to go when you want to stage a musical. The all-boys Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains recruits actresses …

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Helen Hayes Theatre’s sale gets nasty by Peter D. Kramer

The plot thickens over the sale of Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre. The owners of Broadway’s tiniest theater, named for Rockland’s most-famous actress, say the time is up: T…

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Change afoot at the Schoolhouse by Peter D. Kramer

Change has come to the Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, with more to follow—including a drive to reach one particular audience that rarely feels at home in a theater. The Equity ve…

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Bedford Playhouse gets major gift by Peter D. Kramer

Last month, I wrote about the uphill battle to save and revitalize the Bedford Village Playhouse. Today, they announced a big step in their drive to raise $2.5 million by March 1. That’…

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Friday, January 30, 2015

High school musical season awaits by Peter D. Kramer

Every year, high schools reinvent the musical, making it their own. In 2015, changes are afoot across the Lower Hudson Valley, where 64 high schools are looking to opening nights between now…

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The 2015 season: Trends and perspective by Peter D. Kramer

Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, which last year was one of just a handful of schools in the U.S. allowed to stage Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” will stand alone…

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Metro Awards add Putnam; a teacher Tony by Peter D. Kramer

It’s an honor just to be nominated. The Metropolitan High School Theater Awards — honoring participating productions in across the Lower Hudson Valley — will return June 1 …

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2015 musicals, by the numbers by Peter D. Kramer

Decisions, decisions: Some weekends have more shows than others. Here are the season’s biggest weekends, where theatergoers are going to vote with their feet. Good luck in late March, …

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The Big Chart: Musicals 2015 by Peter D. Kramer

Readers: Bookmark this page to plan your theatergoing. I will add links to videos and galleries as I make my way from school to school. pk White Plains: “The Wizard of Oz” ̵…

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White Plains off to ‘Oz’ (video, photos) by Peter D. Kramer

Call it a senior moment. Jen Gordon, 18, a senior at White Plains High School, plays a member of the Lullaby League that welcomes the kid from Kansas to Munchkinland in “The Wizard of …

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stepinac will be first school to stage ‘Billy Elliot’ by Peter D. Kramer

Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, which last year was one of just a handful of schools in the U.S. allowed to stage Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” will stand alone…

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Would YOU want to pose nude today? by Peter D. Kramer

Got a message from Elliott Forrest at ArtsRock this morning. They’ve postponed tonight’s Andy Golub live painting demonstration and conversation. You may recall that Golub, who l…

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