Oak Hall School
 
Arts

Theater Program

Theater I and Advanced Theater classes are experiential courses that focus on ‘doing’ not text books and tests. Students build a portfolio of work as they create characters and bring them to life on stage. Students start with a basic definition for acting: Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. From there they build characters from the ground up using their own experiences and emotions to create reality on stage.  

Students routinely have the opportunity to showcase their work in a variety of performances scheduled throughout the year, as well as, join Thespian Troupe #6405 and compete at district and state events.

Upper School Play, “12 Angry Jurors”

Join us to see how Twelve Angry Jurors reach their final verdict. November 9-11 @7pm in the Edith D. Cofrin Theater

 

Twelve Angry Jurors is based on the popular screen play “Twelve Angry Men” by Reginald Rose, produced in 1957.  A 19-year old man, has just stood trial for the murder of his father. Twelve persons have been selected to uphold their civic responsibility: jury duty.   Jurors are instructed not to take things personal, but personal it is.  Each juror reveals their own character as various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted, and evidence is called into question.  Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the pit falls of prejudice are revealed.  


Middle School Performs Disney's “Aladdin”

 
The stage version of Disney’s classic adaptation of the cartoon musical Aladdin will be presented by the 7th and 8th Grade performing arts students on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14 at 7 p.m. The show is FREE and open to the public.
 
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International and featuring the fabulous Alan Menken and Tim Rice score, Aladdin is adapted from the Disney animated classic with new songs and a twist on the tale.
 
“I get to play the annoying parrot, Iago,” says 7th grader Alexa Katz. “My costume is really colorful and I will definitely stand out on stage.”
 
Performing Arts Director William Eyerly has ACP Junior Emily Wiechmann helping with the shows direction as an independent study project.
 
“It has been a blast and a challenge directing these kids in Aladdin as well as their short plays,” says Emily. “I have a new appreciation for all the details that the director has to consider to produce a quality show.”
 
In addition to the musical Aladdin, the 7th grade will also showcase a short play festival with four plays by Lindsey Price. Each of the plays was co-directed by a seventh grader working with a cast of his or her peers. Shailey Klein is the principal student director for all the plays, including Aladdin.
 
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Dr. Will and Emily as well as my classmates to make their plays better,” Shailey says.
 
The house opens at 6:30 p.m. both nights for all shows with a 7 p.m. curtain. Refreshments will be served at intermission and the evening should conclude around 9 p.m.

The Theatre Dept. Presents John Hughes' “The Breakfast Club”

 
Thirty years ago John Hughes wrote and directed The Breakfast Club. The film would ultimately define the decade of the 80's and become a timeless classic to be rediscovered by successive generations thanks to its honest portrayal of teenage angst and issues such as cliques, bullying, abuse, and stereotypes. Oak Hall Theatre director William Eyerly has adapted the screenplay for stage.
 
"I am so excited to play Claire and put my own spin on it," says ACP Theatre senior Kelly Needles. "I know many people, myself included, have grown up loving this film and Molly Ringwald's performance, but I want to bring my own high school experience to the character."
 
Junior Alissa Osberg agrees. "My role as 'the brain' was originally played by a boy. Dr. Will changed the gender so I get to show the 'nerd' label from a girl's point of view."
 
The 'criminal' role of John Bender is played by senior Kevin Johns and the 'athlete' is played by junior Daniel Sharkey. Daniella Urdaneta takes on the challenging role of 'basket case' Allison. "I don't really speak much for almost the whole first act but I'm on stage the entire time and have to react in character to everything going on around me," she explains. "I really have to listen to everything that's being said and draw the audience's focus without detracting from the other characters' performances."
 
This is the second time that Will Eyerly has staged his adaption of the classic movie. "The themes are timeless. I directed a production at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre ten years ago for the 20th Anniversary," he says. "I cast students from several area high schools including Oak Hall in the show and had adults in the adult roles. In this Oak Hall production, students will also play the adult roles of the Assistant Principal (Spencer Moreno) and the janitor (Avery Kitchens). I am really proud of everyone's commitment to the show and their dedication to a truthful performance that is truly their own and not just derived from the movie."
 
The Breakfast Club will show for two nights only: Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 PM. Saturday will also feature the debut of ACP Theatre senior Sara Diamond's original play, A Sweet New Year.
 
PLEASE NOTE: This stage adaptation of "The Breakfast Club" is a lot like the movie and features strong language and discussions of bullying, abuse, divorce, etc. The themes depicted are serious high school issues and are not appropriate for young children.
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