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2021 SPRING THEATRE FESTIVAL

The Spring Theatre Festival

From the UHS Theatre Department

Hi UHS!

So, if you can believe it, just this last Friday, the UHS Theatre Department hosted its first live performance in over 15 months in the UHS Theater itself. The Technical Theatre classes put on a very short play, Lauren Schneider ‘21’s adaptation of the Pixar short, Paperman. Lauren created this piece for the 2021 Student Drama Series (the SDS is the culmination of the Advanced Projects in Theatre class). The last live performance before this – the last Art Event at school before campus closed – was the 2020 Student Drama Series. The Theatre Department has been distance learning since that time.

Despite these obstacles, the Department has continued to create work this entire year. James Faerron and I were determined to have a complete season – Fall Play, Winter Play, Student Drama Series, and Spring Musical – even if that meant making all our work online. If you missed it, I’m including the links to the videos for the Fall Play, Everybody (videos plural because we had a different lead for each performance: Janavi Padala ‘21 on one night and Matthew Gin ‘21 on another). Here’s the link to the Winter Play, Love and Information. Here’s the link to the 2021 Student Drama Series. Finally, here’s the link to the Spring Musical, Urinetown, THE FINAL CUT.

A few more links for you:

• Go here for the program for the fall play, here for the program for the winter play, here for the program for the SDS, and here for the program for the musical.

• Every year, when the musical closes, we acknowledge all seniors who have participated in the Theatre Department in their time at UHS. Go here for the Theatre Department’s Senior Celebration & Slideshow.

• And one more time: here’s the link to The Spring Musical: Urinetown, THE FINAL CUT (all technical difficulties experienced at our opening have been resolved!!).

Once the Theatre Department went remote, we tried to figure out what it meant to create theatre outside of a theater. It’s challenging to make work on Zoom. It’s not theatre acting or directing; it’s not film acting or directing. It’s a crazy hybrid. Because all texts produced over the past year were written for theatre spaces, “realistic” film acting doesn’t work – you still need to meet the heightened language and storytelling that live theatre requires. At the same time, you can’t ignore the camera or the frame that you’re acting within. Many strides were made in the global theatre community over the past 15 months while creating in and for this new format – and several of those steps and discoveries happened in high school theatre departments around the country.

Regardless of whether the work was made by professionals or amateurs, we’ve all been asking similar questions: If it’s not live, is it theatre? If it’s performed live but streamed through a camera lens, is it theatre? If there’s no live audience gathered and sharing space, is it theatre? We’re still discovering the answers to these questions. Though, we have definitively determined that it’s possible to do two things central to performance making: tell a story and connect to your community.

I have so much appreciation and admiration for all students who participated in making performances this year. Their perseverance is humbling. I am eternally grateful for their commitment to each show, to the Theatre Department, and most especially, to the community they built over the past several months. Thank you, UHS Theatre Students, for finding and providing joy and art and light in these challenging times.

And thank you, UHS, for watching and supporting the Theatre Department this year. We can’t wait until we can see you again in our home space: the UHS Theater.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Inspired.

– Susannah Martin, UHS Theatre Director & Arts Program Coordinator


THS UHS THEATRE PROGRAM

Acting I & II

Ryan O’Donnell, Instructor
Allister Adair ‘24
Cecily Brettkelly ‘24
Nikhil Chand ‘24
Juliette Cuthbert ‘24
Dash Donovan ‘24
Henry Flaherman ‘24
Michael House ‘24
Aditya Khanna ‘24
Lucinda Laughlin ‘24
Maya Mason ‘23
Charlie Mazzucco ‘24
Caroline Miller ‘24
Purple Peterson ‘23
Maren Walker ‘24
Frank Wercinski ‘21

Advanced Projects in Theatre I
Susannah Martin, Instructor
Erica Cooper ‘22
Sophie Garcia ‘22
Leila Menezes ‘22
Hannah Urisman ‘22
Ariane Vidal ‘22
Sarah Walcott ‘22

Advanced Projects in Theatre II
Susannah Martin, Instructor
Matthew Gin ‘21
Ava Jo ‘21
Anna Neumann-Loreck ‘21
Madelyn Ockner ‘21
Janavi Padala ‘21
Lauren Schneider ‘21
Mishka Shirin-Stroh ‘21
Sara Tagol ‘21
David Wignall ‘21

The Fall Play
Susannah Martin, Director
Anya Armentrout ‘23
Ishaan Bhattacharya ‘24
Phia Black ‘23
Nikhil Chand ‘24
Erica Cooper ‘22
Dash Donovan ‘24
Sophie Garcia ‘22
Matthew Gin ‘21
Elizabeth Gorman ‘24
Sophie Jones ‘23
Helena Maddox ‘21
Janavi Padala ‘21
Tobin Parkhill ‘23
Annika Peterson ‘23
Purple Peterson ‘23
Ella Potashner ‘23
Mishka Shirin-Stroh ‘21
Matthew Tsakalakis ‘21
Hannah Urisman ‘22
Talia Venchiarutti ‘24

The Winter Play
Michelle Talgarow, Director
Cecily Brettkelly ‘24
Nikhil Chand ‘24
Harper Clementz ‘23
Matthew Gin ‘21
Elizabeth Gorman ‘24
Madelyn Ockner ‘21
Janavi Padala ‘21
Sara Tagol ‘21
Ariane Vidal ‘22
Sarah Walcott ‘22
David Wignall ‘21

The Spring Musical
Susannah Martin, Director
Joel Chapman, Music Director
Natalie Greene, Choreographer
Anya Armentrout ‘23
Maddy Black ‘23
Julia Brockland ‘21
Nikhil Chand ‘24
Dash Donovan ‘24
Katrina Franco ‘23
Sophie Garcia ‘22
Matthew Gin ‘21
Caroline Hall-Sherr ‘22
Sophie Jones ‘23
Isabel Matteo ‘23
Leila Menezes ‘22
Madelyn Ockner ‘21
Ella Potashner ‘23
Ariane Vidal ‘22

Technical Theatre I
James Faerron, Instructor
Kamila Baker ‘24
Ella Barrett ‘23
Julian Grossman ‘24
Ryan Jo ‘24
Samantha Kung ‘24
Trevor Kuo ‘24
Johnnie Lee Carter III ‘23
Finn McHugh ‘24
Ariana Mulla-Feroze ‘24
Sanayah Mulla-Feroze ‘24

Technical Theatre II
James Faerron, Instructor
Maggie Carlson ‘21
Anna Neumann-Loreck ‘21
Victoria Mann ‘23
Aurélie Roubinowitz ‘21
Lauren Schneider ‘21
Lauren Teotico ‘21
Owen Wolff ‘21