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2017-2018 Drama productions at Barrack

2017-2018 Productions

Barrack productions for the 2017-2018 academic year include:


Peter and the Starcatcher
directed by Dewey J. Oriente
November 12th, 3pm; November 13th, 7pm; November 14th, 7pm

View some photos from Peter and the Starcatcher. Watch the video on YouTube

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Middle School One-Act Play Festival
directed by Dewey J. Oriente


Arsenic and Old Lace
directed by Noah Glickman '18
January 28th, 3pm;
January 29th, 7pm;
January 30th, 7pm

View some photos from Arsenic and Old Lace. Watch the video on YouTube
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The plot of Arsenic and Old Lace revolves around the Brewster family of Brooklyn, New York, descended from the Mayflower. Elaine is the daughter of the minister who lives next door and the cast includes several other unique individuals.

Despite having written several books ridiculing marriage as an "old-fashioned superstition," Mortimer Brewster (Noah Feinberg) falls in love with Elaine Harper (Sabrina Chevlin), who grew up next door to him in Brooklyn. While visiting his eccentric but lovable relatives, Mortimer proposes. The whole family is elated, including his elderly aunts Abby (Madelyn Simon) and Martha (Gabriella Maze), and his brother Teddy (Charles Gottlieb) -- who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt. However, Mortimer is about to discover something beyond shocking about his quaint family.

To complicate matters further, Mortimer's other brother Jonathan (Daniel Nahamo) arrives with his alcoholic accomplice, plastic surgeon Dr. Hermann Einstein (Ruth Davis). Jonathan is a murderer trying to escape the police and find a place to dispose of the corpse of his latest victim, a certain Mr. Spenalzo.

Confusion and hilarity ensue.


Seussical, Jr.
directed by Dewey J. Oriente
February 25th 1 pm
February 25th 5 pm
February 26th 7 pm

View some photos from Seussical Jr. Watch the video on YouTube

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Seussical is based on the works of Dr. Seuss and weaves together his most famous tales and characters from at least fifteen of his books.

The Cat in the Hat (Niva Cohen) narrates the story of Horton the Elephant (Brandon Singer). He one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust and soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe. On this tiny planet live a tiny race of creatures known as Whos.

Although ridiculed by the other animals in the Jungle of Nool for believing in something he cannot see, Horton stubbornly persists in his belief that the Whos exist. He must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird (Nina Berkowitz).

Traveling everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott’s Pool, some of the characters fall in love, some have desperate adventures, and some even save the world. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

The cast also features Raffi Hamermesh, Stella Berger, Shira Gellert, Claire Mansheim, and Jordana Harwitz

 

Broadway Backwards
directed by Dewey J. Oriente
March 25th, 5:30 dinner, 7pm show

Come to the Drama Department Fundraiser Dinner Cabaret. A light dinner will be available starting at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 7 PM. "Broadway Backwards" refers to classic Broadway songs written for one gender, which will be sung by the other gender! It should be lots of fun. Held in the Batoff Dining Commons at Barrack.



 

Hello, Dolly!
directed by Dewey J. Oriente
All Performances at St. Joseph's Bluett Theater
May 13th, 3pm
May 14th, 15th & 16th, 7:30pm

Tickets are available online (until May 11). Buy tickets online now.

Story

The bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (Sarah Eckstein Indik, Emma Dorsch) is a socialite, turned-matchmaker, who is also a professional meddler. She receives her toughest challenge yet when rich grumpy Horace (Daniel Nahamo) seeks a suitable wife. Her latest clients also include a young artist named Ambrose (Max Weinstein), who is in love with Horace's niece, Ermengarde (Becci Spivak, Michal Loren).

Dolly's scheming soon involves Horace's employees as well as a New York hatmaker. Everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Dolly finally realizes that maybe she, herself, would like to marry Horace, but only if her late husband will send her a sign - and if Horace himself will have her.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello-Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish.


Characters

    • Dolly Gallagher Levi: A widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again. She is a matchmaker, meddler, opportunist, and a life-loving woman. [Sarah Eckstein Indik, Emma Dorsch].
    • Horace Vandergelder: The proprietor of a Hay & Feed store and a client of Dolly Gallagher Levi. A well-known half-a-millionaire, he is a widower, gruff, authoritative, and set in his ways. [Daniel Nahamo]
    • Cornelius Hackl: Vandergelder’s chief clerk who yearns for one exciting day in NYC. Energetic, enthusiastic, and adventurous young man who has a sweet innocence about him. [Charlie Gottlieb]
    • Barnaby Tucker: An assistant to Cornelius at Vandergelder’s Hay & Feed store. He is sweet, naïve, energetic, and a follower. [Jack Zweben]
    • Irene Molloy: A widow and a beautiful, smart, fun-loving milliner with a hat shop in New York. Dolly has introduced her to Horace Vandergelder but she yearns for romance. [Rivkah Wyner, Madelyn Simon]
    • Minnie Fay: A young girl who works in Irene’s hat shop. Irene’s assistant, she is a naïve, strait-laced, fresh, and a follower. [Maya Patent, Ruthie Davis]
    • Ambrose Kemper: A young and explosive struggling artist seeking to marry Ermengarde [Max Weinstein]
    • Ermengarde: The young niece of Horace Vandergelder. She cries often and wants her independence and wants to marry Ambrose. [Becci Spivak, Michal Loren]
    • Ernestina Money: An eccentric-looking girl in need of Dolly’s matchmaker services. [Becca Rome]
    • Rudolf Reisenweber: Maître d' of the Harmonia Gardens restaurant. [Marc Rubin]
    • Judge: A white-whiskered night court judge. Easily moved to tears by romance. [Ben Fisher]
    • Mrs. Rose. acquaintance of Dolly’s from her old neighborhood. [Rebecca Weinstein]
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    • Waiters: A group of waiters at the Harmonia Gardens restaurant. [Daniela Barow, Alyssa Chelder, Noah Hamermesh, Jonah Katz, Michal Loren, Becci Spivak, Rebecca Weinstein, Ben Fisher]
    • Ensemble. [Daniela Barow, Alyssa Chelder, Ben Fisher, Noah Hamermesh, Shirin Kaye, Ethan Simon, Miriam Singer, Rebecca Weinstein, All Opposite Casts]


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where two names are indicated for a specific character, it refers to the respective Cherries, Feathers cast
Cherries Cast: Sunday May 13 @ 3:00 pm, Tuesday May 15 @ 7:30 pm
Feathers Cast: Monday May 14 @ 7:30 pm, Wednesday May 16 @ 7:30 pm

Synopsis

(coming soon)