Vive la Révolution!

Vive la Révolution!

After almost two months of preparation, the Upper School Performing Arts Department showcased four performances of Les Miserables on Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 6. The cast of 44 told a story of interconnected characters in 19th century France, following the life and struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean, played by Henry Platt ’17. “Kids who […]

Do you hear the people sing?

The voices of two dozen students singing echo throughout the halls of the first floor of Chalmers, evoking the revolutionary atmosphere of Paris 200 years ago. The music is coming from the dance studio, where rehearsals for the fall musical “Les Miserables” are well under way. Rehearsals began Sep. 12, and the musical will feature […]

Performing arts department releases Les Miserables cast list

Cast: Jean Valjean                Henry Platt Javert                           Ben Pimstone Fantine                        Natalie Kroh Eponine                       Elizabeth Gaba Cosette                        Maya Hinkin Marius                         Jack Nordstrom Enjolras                       Michael Gaven Thenardier                   Casey Giolito Mme Thenardier          Natalie Musicant Bishop                         Jordan Yadegar Convict #1                  Tosh Le Convict #2                  Harry Garvey Convict #3                  Russell Davis Convict #4                  Eli Timoner Convict #5                  Justyn Chang Chain Gang                 […]

DJ Lesh ’18 works in sound technology

DJ Lesh ’18 works in sound technology

It was opening night. Daniel “DJ” Lesh ’18 went through his checklist for the last time. Turn on the speakers; turn on the sound board- check. Backstage, he had put each of the 23 mics onto the actors himself. If there was any problem with the mics, it would be his fault.  He remembers the months […]

Her last song: Elizabeth Edel stars as Maria in ‘West Side Story’

Her last song: Elizabeth Edel stars as Maria in ‘West Side Story’

Elizabeth Edel ’16 will star as Maria in the Upper School production of “West Side Story” in November. “She’s great,” co-director Michele Speares said. “I think she’s amazing. I think she has one of the strongest voices, and she can sing. The score is crazy, complicated and challenging. She can sing it without batting an […]

Platt brothers to star in New York musicals

Platt brothers to star in New York musicals

Jonah Platt ’04 will make his Broadway debut Sept. 15 as Fiyero in “Wicked,” and his brother Ben Platt ’11 will perform the titular role in an off-Broadway production of “Dear Evan Hansen.” Jonah will play the male lead, the local prince of Oz and Elphaba’s love interest, in the 12th anniversary of “Wicked,” which […]

Auditions begin for ‘West Side Story’ production

Auditions began Monday for the upper school theater department’s 2015 fall musical “West Side Story”. The musical is about gang warfare, but it is based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and was written by Stephen Sondheim. Singing auditions are slated for today, acting auditions are scheduled for tomorrow, and dance auditions are set for […]

Students rehearse 'Company' musical

A semi-translucent material called scrim hangs from top to bottom on back of the Rugby stage, adding a dreamlike feel to the set of the musical, “Company,” which takes place entirely in a 30-second time span in the head of the main character. “When you light it from the front, everything that is behind it […]

It’s ‘Hairspray!’

A cast of 55 performed the musical “Hairspray” in Rugby Auditorium Nov. 8-10. The show, set in the 1960s, follows the struggle for integration and civil rights in Baltimore through dancers on a fictional television show. For video coverage click here.

Casting by color

On the first day of rehearsal, performing arts department head Rees Pugh waited for silence before addressing the 50-person cast of “Hairspray,” this year’s fall musical. “I hope that this show will lead to many conversations about race and civil rights,” Pugh said, “but we won’t have time for these conversations in rehearsal.” The story […]