10/23/14 1:00pm
The Southold and Greenport high school drama clubs present 'Don't Drink the Water.' (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Southold and Greenport high school drama clubs present ‘Don’t Drink the Water.’ (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Southold and Greenport high school drama clubs will present their third joint production, “Don’t Drink the Water,” Friday to Sunday, Oct. 24 to 26. The classic Woody Allen comedy will be performed in Southold’s district auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.  (more…)

03/20/14 7:00am
03/20/2014 7:00 AM
The Southold Drama Club rehearses 'Rent,' which premiers tonight. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

The Southold Drama Club rehearses ‘Rent,’ which premiers tonight. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

The Southold High School Drama Club presents the school edition of “Rent,” Jonathon Larson’s rock musical, in the district auditorium beginning Thursday night. Tickets are available at Southold Free Library or at the door. Those buying at the door are asked to arrive 20 to 30 minutes before curtain time. (more…)

12/17/13 1:51pm

Southold High School Rent

The Southold High School Drama Club is preparing to stage a production of the popular musical “Rent” this spring, but the version you’ll see on the school stage will likely feel different than the one you might have seen on Broadway.

Southold Superintendent David Gamberg said Tuesday that the school will produce the “school edition” of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, which tones down some of the adult elements of the script. The play follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians, some of whom are gay, struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS, according to a description of “Rent: School Edition.”

Mr. Gamberg said he expects that the production will appeal to the entire Southold community.

“What we did was we looked at the school script and we asked the teachers involved in it to really take a good look at it to make sure it’s fitting for the community,” Mr. Gamberg said. “It has a very strong and powerful message that we think is going to be very positive, but again this is based on the idea that we want to make sure that it’s very sensitive to the community as a whole. The three teachers involved are very responsible for that.”

Mr. Gamberg said it’s too early to say for sure what types of additional modifications the school might make for its production, but he did say the play was given the green light and will likely be performed in March.

Plans for the school performance led a pair of Southold residents to contact The Suffolk Times with concerns over the school’s handling of gay characters in the play. An anonymous letter writer said the play was inappropriate since it could “put students in the position to have to play gay/lesbian or drug addicted [characters.]”  One parent said her child believed the district was making changes that might offend gay students, including a decision to cast a female to play the role of the drag queen Angel, which is traditionally played by a male actor in school, community and professional productions.

When asked about a female student being cast to play Angel, Mr. Gamberg, who said he didn’t know if any casting decisions had been finalized yet, said, “I think that goes in line with being sensitive and making sure it’s appropriate for school. I don’t think it’s going to be written and spoken in a way that’s going to be seen as inappropriate. That’s the kind of sensitivity that [teachers are] looking at.”

The superintendent said he also received the letter from the concerned resident who felt the play is inappropriate for a school production and he said he believed that person would be OK with the finished product.

“I do not think that what was forecast or portrayed in that letter will in any way match the reality of the student experience or the audience experience,” he said. “[Students] will be very comfortable in whatever role that they do take.”

Mr. Gamberg said that more than 60 students auditioned for the eight-member cast, which he believes could be a school record. He said that speaks to the quality of the drama program at the school.

The decision by a school district in Trumbull, Conn. to cancel its upcoming production of “Rent” made national headlines this month. After a heavy backlash from the community, the school announced this week that the play is back on, according to the New York Times.

Mr. Gamberg said he was aware of the Trumbull controversy, but that it had no impact on Southold’s decision to schedule the play this spring.

“That came about after the go-ahead was made,” he said.

The teachers involved in the production did not return phone calls seeking comment for this story.

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10/30/13 8:40am
10/30/2013 8:40 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Southold and Greenport High School’s production of ‘The 39 Steps’ opens Friday.

The Southold and Greenport High School drama clubs will present ‘The 39 Steps,’ an Alfred Hitchcock spoof adapted by Patrick Barlow at Greenport High School beginning Friday night at 7 p.m.

The production is directed by Casey Rooney and Jessica Ellwood. Tickets are $10 or $6 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Southold Free Library, the Greenport High School main office or at the door.

The show runs through Sunday. Saturday’s show is 7 p.m. and Sunday is 2 p.m.

04/17/13 3:00pm
04/17/2013 3:00 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | There will be four performances of “Grease” at the Southold District Auditorium, beginning Thursday night.

The Southold High School Drama Club presents its spring musical “Grease” beginning Thursday night in the Southold District Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Saturday. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.

The musical is directed by Casey Rooney and Jessica Ellwood. The musical director is Kelli Baumann and choreography is by Anita Boye. The pit orchestra director is Karl Himmelmann.

10/26/12 2:36pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Southold and Greenport students teamed up to present “Trixie, Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor” beginning tonight.

Southold and Greenport High School students teamed up for the first time to present a fall comedy, “Trixie, Teen Detective and they Mystery of Gravestead Manor,” which is a spoof on the Nancy Drew mysteries.

The drama clubs will put on their first performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Southold District Auditorium. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 or $6 for students and seniors. They’re on sale at Southold Pharmacy, the Southold Free LIbrary, Southold and Greenport High Schools and at the door.

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05/11/12 7:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Katie Connolly as Miss Cecily Cardew in Southold High School's production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest.'

The Southold High School Drama Club will present Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and  Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the district auditorium on Oaklawn Avenue.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students.

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