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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What they want is what you see by Peter D. Kramer

In the middle of a season of high-school musicals across the Lower Hudson Valley comes “A Chorus Line,” presented by Hastings-based Broadway Training Center of Westchester this w…

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Valley, it’s the year for ‘West Side Story’ by Peter D. Kramer

For years, people have asked Spring Valley director-choreographer Stacey Tirro when she was going to do “West Side Story.” The dance teacher had an answer. “I would tell th…

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At Albertus Magnus, a ‘Yankees’ rookie by Peter D. Kramer

Matthew Quinones loves baseball. And he loves singing. This weekend, the Albertus Magnus High School sophomore gets to combine the two, as he makes his theatrical debut in “Damn Yankee…

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Friday, March 20, 2015

You got tickets. We got snow. What next? by Peter D. Kramer

Doesn’t it look like Tappan Zee’s Quiana Iacobellis is saying “Nooooooooo!”? Who could blame her, after snow canceled Friday’s opening night of “Annie Get…

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Going ogre the top in Brewster by Peter D. Kramer

“Shrek the Musical,” which opens at Brewster High School this week, is essentially a buddy musical with the unlikeliest of buddies. There’s Shrek the green ogre, played by …

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At Ramapo, choosing ‘Rent,’ taking ownership by Peter D. Kramer

The kids at Ramapo High School knew they wanted to break out this year, to follow last year’s ground-breaking production of “In the Heights” with another milestone producti…

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Fox Lane says ‘Yes, Yes’ to ‘Nanette’ by Peter D. Kramer

For a decade, Ed Steele has chosen out-of-the-ordinary musicals for Fox Lane. Think “Hot Mikado,” “Smile,” “The Boyfriend.” This year, his last as directo…

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In Pelham, a stage mother to top ‘em all by Peter D. Kramer

Mama Rose had a fever of 102. But there she was, in the theater, talking about the role of a lifetime that came along so early in her lifetime. Where else would you expect to find the stage …

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Shaking off winter, ‘Yankees’ play North Salem by Peter D. Kramer

At long last, Friday is the first day of spring. There will be robins and crocuses and daffodils soon enough, but first, there will be Yankees: “Damn Yankees,” at North Salem Mid…

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In Suffern, it’s the Company Way by Peter D. Kramer

Craig Long has to be honest. Ask the Suffern High School senior how he likes playing J. Pierrepont Finch—that’s F-I-N-C-H—the lovably over-ambitious window-washer at the ce…

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Port Chester pays ‘Rent’ and Larson homage by Peter D. Kramer

In middle school, Liam Herbert ran the lighting board for “Seussical” and was a stagehand for Port Chester Council for the Arts’ summer productions. Liam was a tech kid. Un…

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At Tappan Zee, Annie has her gun by Peter D. Kramer

They had her at the bright blue wigs. Quiana Iacobellis (inset) knew she was in the right place when, as a freshman, she was cast in Tappan Zee High School’s fall play, “The Bird…

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Ossining punches its ticket into ‘Loserville’ by Peter D. Kramer

This weekend, some Lower Hudson Valley high schools will take audiences back the 1990’s with “Rent.” Or the ‘80s in “Footloose.” Or the late ‘50s wi…

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In Tuckahoe, cowboys step up in ‘Oklahoma!’ by Peter D. Kramer

There’s a great scene at the end of the musical “42nd Street,” when newcomer Peggy Sawyer is drafted to replace the over-the-title artist. Director Julian Marsh sends her o…

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rockland’s theater season arrives this week by Peter D. Kramer

After weeks of the high-school musicals in the Lower Hudson Valley being staged in Westchester or Putnam counties, it’s Rockland’s turn, with four of the week’s six new hig…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Nyack goes traditional with ‘Music Man’ by Peter D. Kramer

Joe Egan has created a theatrical maverick in Nyack, staging memorable productions of “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Parade,” “Big River” and “Aida.&#…

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They’ve got a stage, Clarkstown North puts on a show by Peter D. Kramer

I dropped by a rehearsal of “Babes in Arms” at Clarkstown High School North in New City, not really knowing what to expect. I knew it was a musical about kids who love theater an…

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In Somers, learning from Elle Woods by Peter D. Kramer

Jessie Shaw laughs when it’s pointed out that, as a 17-year-old brunette, she is neither legal nor blonde. But there she’ll be this weekend, playing Elle Woods, the star of ̶…

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Nanuet raises the Barr to get its Seuss on by Peter D. Kramer

Carlos Prats is about to make a comparison that could make your head spin, but stay with him. Please. Prats, a 15-year-old sophomore at Nanuet High School plays Horton the Elephant in “…

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Haldane’s ‘Penzance’ is — shhhh! — an operetta by Peter D. Kramer

Lucy Austin doesn’t want people to get the wrong idea about Haldane High School’s musical this weekend. Yes, “Pirates of Penzance” is a Gilbert & Sullivan operett…

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In North Rockland, a non-Disney princess by Peter D. Kramer

When “Aida: School Edition,” the Elton John musical about a love triangle amid the pyramids, comes to North Rockland High School this week and next, the title role will be played…

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Swap shop: Blind Brook seeks jukebox by Peter D. Kramer

Director Chrissy Colangelo is looking for a juke box to borrow or rent for Blind Brook’s production of “West Side Story.” She would need it March 14-25. If you can help her…

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Say it ain’t so, Officer Lockstock! Snow cancels openers by Peter D. Kramer

Today’s storm has canceled at least two of the four high-school-musical opening nights planned for tonight. Thursday’s performance of “Urinetown” at Edgemont High Sch…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Will shows go on if snow goes on and on? by Peter D. Kramer

The show must go on, unless the snow goes on and on. Mother Nature—which has already forced the cancellation of at least a half-dozen rehearsals—could throw a slippery wrench int…

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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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