UPDATE (Noon, Monday, Nov. 12) - Hurricane Sandy put a halt to the Nyack High School Drama Club's plans to present Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," but as they say in theater — The show must go on!
The performances originally set for Nov. 9 and 10 have been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16, with both shows taking place at 8 p.m. Despite the hurricane, NHS students have been working on building their sets and rehearsing their performances.
The students of the nationally-acclaimed Nyack High School Drama Club perform one of William Shakespeare’s most popular light-hearted comedies on Nov. 9 and 10 (now Nov. 15 and 16 because of Hurricane Sandy) with their production of “Twelfth Night.”
The show, led by acclaimed director and set designer Joseph J. Egan, takes place in the auditorium of Nyack High School, which is transformed into Shakespeare’s Illyria.
The humorous story of "Twelfth Night" launches from the plight of a brother and sister — Sebastian (Lucas Ruderman) and Viola (Sydney Aherne) — who become separated in a shipwreck. Shakespeare's play becomes a tale of gender confusion, as a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.
Sydney Aherne – Viola
Bianca Albanese- Fabian
Carl Brooks – Malvolio
Nee-J Canton – Antonio
Peter Dailey – Priest
Siobhan Dailey – Servant
Michael Forrest – Duke Orsino
Sophie Goldstein – Olivia
Melanie Logan – Valentine, servant to the Duke
Hannah Perry-Zeik - Feste, Olivia’s Fool
Evan Rocco – Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Lucas Ruderman – Sebastian
Harrison Santana – Captain
Emma Sundvik – Maria
Joe Tribuzio Jr. – Sir Toby Belch
Tickets, available at the door, are $12 for adults and $7 for students. Both the Friday, Nov. 9, and the Saturday, Nov. 10, performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Nyack High School is located at 360 Christian Herald Road, Upper Nyack, just off Route 9W. For show information, call 845-353-7100.
About the Drama Club
Nyack High School’s Drama Club is an extra-curricular activity, which offers students an opportunity to be actors, singers, dancers, assistant directors/producers, sound and light technicians, set and costume designers, scenic painters, prop designers, stagehands and musicians. Each year the Drama Club presents three productions: Fall Drama or Comedy, Spring Musical and The Festival of One Act Plays.
Some of the club’s most-acclaimed productions include: April 2008 – Phantom of the Opera; March 2007 – Titanic; March 2006 – Cats; and, March 2012 – Parade.
The Nyack School District honored the Drama Club at a recent Board of Education meeting for winning three prestigious National Youth Theatre Awards for their production of Parade in March. The winners are Carl Brooks, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical; Joseph J. Egan, Outstanding Set Design; and, Andrew Gmoser, Outstanding Lighting Design.