Drama Club Newsletter

Fall 2018

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Poster Design by NHS Senior Liberty Faliveno

Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey

Please join us Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13 at 7:00PM (note an earlier start time than usual!!) for Midsummer/Jersey! It's a parody of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream set in the modern Jersey Shore! Tickets are $5 students/seniors and $7 adults - available at the door!

We have a RECORD number of students participating in the fall drama! Come out and help us fill the auditorium to support this fantastic cast and crew!!


Cody Acquista..........Oberon

Natalie Acquista..........Mia

Isabella Bailey..........Patti Quince

Jaston Brooks..........Robin (Puck)

Dylan Burley..........Phillip/Oberon's Fairy Crew

Kelsie Bushart..........Peaseblossom

Grace Casler..........Sunshine

Ben Cepulo..........Nicky Bottom

Phillip Collom..........Rufis/Oberon's Fairy Crew

Jack Comella..........Governor Athens/Oberon's Fairy Crew

Bria Dano..........Justine/Moonbeam

Isabelle Figueroa..........Franci Flute

Cherylanne Garrett..........Helene

Ryan Hermenet..........Principal Platt/Oberon's Fairy Crew

Carson Jordan..........Denis

Ashton Keene..........Robert Sudds

McKinley Miller..........Hippolyta/Mote

Paris Morris..........Janet Snug

Nadia Rothpearl..........Terri Thumbs

Alex Sepulveda..........Oberon's Fairy Crew

Anisha Stallworth..........Titania

Deborah Szarek..........Cobweb

Kylar Vermeulen..........Lyle

Emma Whiting..........Sunflower


Blake Aldrich..........Fly

Liberty Falevino..........Assistant Stage Manager/Graphic Designer

Rachel George..........Spotlight

Lauren Mac Taggart..........Hair

Joseph Malach..........Sound Designer

Lance Mays..........Sound Operator

Abigail Nezelek..........Deck Crew

Preston Precourt..........Lightboard Operator

Kayla Williams..........Stage Manager

Article from the school website

Info on the Drama Club website

Article in the Wayne Post

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Watch this promotional video created and edited by NHS Sophomore Ryan Hermenet!


Stage Combat Workshop

On Wednesday September 12, guest teacher J. Simmons came to Drama Club to lead a Stage Combat Workshop. We learned basic combat with a focus on safety, communication, and timing. Below is a video of our group practicing our punches, and Ryan and Natalie getting pulled by their hair across the floor!

Coming Soon!

Students Isabella Bailey and Medina Vanduyne will be attending the NY Thespians Day Conference at Marcus Whitman High School on Saturday October 20.

Drama Club is taking a field trip to see LES MISERABLES at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester on Saturday November 24. Forms available in Mrs. Flock's room and ONLINE. DUE Wednesday October 17.

Students interested in attending the NYSTEA Student Conference January 11-13, 2019 - please contact Emily ASAP.

Drama Club trip to NYC April 5-7, 2019! Info coming soon. Save the Date for a Parent Meeting Tuesday October 16 at 7:30PM in the HS auditorium.

Auditions for our spring production of THE MUSIC MAN (March 1, 2, 3!) will be at the end of November/early December. An initial draft of the rehearsal calendar is online here and here!

Activities Round-Up

Click on any of the blue hyperlinks to take you to stories featured on the school website!

Drama Club is EXTREMELY proud of our student musicians! Check out the latest news from the Music Department...including the list of students performing with Area All State and Conference All State ensembles this fall! WOW!


Fun fact - Mrs. Greipsma was a member of NHS Drama Club during HS AND performed at Walt Disney World during her college internship! Welcome to the district, Sarah! https://www.newarkcsd.org/cms/lib/NY01000239/Centricity/Domain/1/Welcome%20Sarah.pdf

Students and alumni in action this summer!

Check out the students (and alum!) who performed this summer!

Spotlight on our Alum!

The benefits of participation in theatre during your school years include - ability to think on your feet, strong communication skills, learning empathy, developing interpersonal relationship skills, etc. etc. We know that an education in the arts is more than just performing on stage. However, we are proud to have many alum working in the arts industries!

Alum working in and around the arts...let me know. I would love to feature you! emilyRhoward@gmail.com)

Alumni Profile: Claire Walton

NHS Class of 2008

NHS Drama Club credits include: A Funny Thing Happened...(Philia), A Tuna Christmas/Greater Tuna (DiDi*), Children of Eden (Yonah*), Pippin (Catherine), Anything Goes *denotes Elenbe and/or Stars of Tomorrow recognition

Featured article about Claire the summer after her junior year at NHS!

What did you do after graduation?

After graduation I worked at Tim Horton's to buffer my savings account before starting my BFA in Musical Theatre at Fredonia that August (2008).

What is your current career?

Last year, I made the majority of my income through Nevertold Productions, a theatre company for which I perform. We have an Irish/maritime band, and a full length pirate themed half improvised musical complete with sword fighting. It's a lot of silly fun. However, like all NYC actors, I have to work day jobs as well. I work as a cater waiter and baby sitter, and I have taken all kinds of work: I have fetched props for Playwrights Horizons, I have been a Mascot Wrangler -the list goes on and on (and odd!). If it pays well, I'll try it out!

Check out and follow Nevertold Production Company on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/greatestpiratestory/

How did participation in Drama Club affect your career path?

NHS drama taught me to have confidence in my work. The love and passion were there the second I stepped on the stage, but I was never an overly confident person, and struggled with wanting/fearing the limelight. Since that time, I have learned to focus on improving a craft, remembering to feel deserving but always GRATEFUL for every opportunity I'm given.

What is some advice for NHS students wanting to pursue a career or life in the arts?

Don't!! I kid. Don't, unless you are a VERY HARD WORKER. I mean, you have to enjoy and revel in the hustle. The arts career means struggle and reward. There will be VERY early mornings, VERY late nights, and lots of serving fancy wealthy people on your feet for 13 hours (I did that yesterday and ran into fellow alum Mark Chamberlain selling wine at an event here!! What are the chances). When you get a show, and you get to belt your face off and make people laugh....there's no greater feeling in the world. But you have to be humble and take passionless, difficult work - that feeling costs you a lot of time, money, and effort. But to me, it's worth it.

Thank you, Claire! NHS is proud to have alum working in the theatre arts!

Claire is in the white wig and blue jacket below performing with Nevermore Productions!

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Drama Club will always accept donations! Items we generally use for most shows:

  • Painting Supplies: black paint, white paint, paint brushes, rollers, tarp/paint drops, tape - duct, gaff, spike
  • Costume Building Supplies: bolts of fabric or large pieces of scrap fabric, elastic, Velcro, other sewing items
  • Costume Pieces: wigs, hats, men's black dress shoes, women's black or tan character shoes

Have something else you think we could use? Let us know! Thank you!


If you have something to share in a future newsletter (current students or alum) please contact me! emilyRhoward@gmail.com

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