The theater department presented Edges at the Edith D. Cofrin Theater on March 30, 31, and April 1. The musical was met with rave reviews from all of the Oak Hall Community. Edges features the talents of Molly Ellis, Camden Foote, Jordan Thorp, Emily Wiechmann, and Lauren Wilkinson.
With a contemporary score by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Edges follows a group of young adults struggling to find out who they really are in the midst of relationships that have defined them. Those relationships range from friends and family, to lovers, and even geographical places. Edges has the unique ability to relate to almost every audience member in one way or another.
The band, conducted by Director of Music Jason Stahl, included students: Emma Anderson (drums), Richard German (Bass Synth), Abbie Ringdahl (violin), Adam Shugar (lead piano), Nicholas Springer (keyboards), and Griffin Williams (guitar).
Edges was presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
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.
The real life story of the Family von Trapp filled "the Hall" with music on March 4-6. The all school musical featured student performers from every division both in the orchestra pit and on stage.
The von Trapp children were represented by Kate Drummond (Gretl), Caden Montini (Kurt), Bailey Thorp (Brigitta), and Lilia AitSahlia (Marta) from the Lower School, Charlie Delatorre (Friedrich) from the Middle School, and Lauren Wilkinson (Louisa) and Jordan Thorp (Liesl) from the Upper School.
“I think it’s pretty neat that my sister and I got to play sisters on stage, too!” says Bailey Thorp.
The sibling connection doesn’t end there. Anya AitSahlia, big sister to Lilia, played in the orchestra for the show and Elle Drummond showed that talent runs deep in their family when she delivered a dynamic solo in German during the festival scene.
“I wanted to create a community event for Oak Hall,” said performing arts director William Eyerly. “It was difficult to rehearse and put the pieces together with everyone in separate divisions, but it came together beautifully.”
Together, with the orchestra and other soloists and choral numbers from the Lower School represented in the festival scene, there are 70 students from all three divisions. There are 29 principal roles, nearly 100 custom-designed costumes, and a complex set and scene changes that made this a huge undertaking for the school.
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