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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mount Vernon gathers its schools for ‘The Wiz’ by Peter D. Kramer

The Yellow Brick Road on the stage at Mount Vernon High School this weekend won’t just be trod by MVHS students. This year’s production, the first on the stage since 2013, will f…

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Solving that Maria problem at Ursuline by Peter D. Kramer

Marianna Ceccatti, 16, sophomore from Croton, is a musical kid. She was in the Ursuline School’s Honors Chorus that traveled to Rome in January and sang for Pope Francis. “One of…

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stacking the mattresses at New Rochelle by Peter D. Kramer

The subjects know it. Members of King Sextimus’ court know it. Queen Aggravain knows it. “A genuine princess is exceedingly rare.” New Rochelle High School junior Kaitlyn G…

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Lakeland tech wiz taking that Yellow Brick Road by Peter D. Kramer

For more than five years, if there’s been a show at Lakeland High School, Declan Moore has had a hand in it, handling all things technical. The Lakeland senior is helping to cook up a …

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‘Hair’ (yes, THAT ‘Hair’) at Horace Greeley by Peter D. Kramer

In Chappaqua, Horace Greeley has the region’s only seniors-only musical and the Class of 2015 made a memorable choice: “Hair,” the “Age of Aquarius” musical, wi…

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Putnam Valley plans its next move in “Chess” by Peter D. Kramer

Putnam Valley’s Dr. Gerard Micera has chosen a milestone musical for 2015, the first in which the school is eligible for the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards, to be handed out i…

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Port of call: Sleepy Hollow by Peter D. Kramer

Zoe Kaplan’s character in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” was once an evangelist. Now she’s a nightclub singer. She’s Reno Sweeney, and “she’s a…

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At Westlake, comedy tonight — for 2 weekends by Peter D. Kramer

Westlake High School opens a two-week run of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the Stephen Sondheim-Larry Gelbart musical about a slave Pseudolus (senior Joey Tag…

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Clarkstown South fires up Greased Lightning by Peter D. Kramer

The kids at Clarkstown High School South are turning themselves into the hand-jiving students of Rydell High this week, with a production of “Grease.” They’ve got the moves…

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In ‘Shrek,’ Eastchester lets its freak flag fly by Peter D. Kramer

Eastchester is chock full of fairytale creatures this week, as director John Gwardyak brings “Shrek: The Musical” to the Eastchester High School stage. The irreverent and wickedl…

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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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