Elm Tree Press: Theatre at LA

by Mike Templeton ’19



  • Who is this strange man (a.k.a. Joel Sugerman)?
  • Why is he running across campus with those weird glasses; spectacles that rest perfectly on his nose?



Well, Mr. Sugerman may be eccentric (to say the least). But he is at the helm of Lawrence Academy’s spectacular Theatre Department where the opportunities offered to you are incredible, and you must get involved.

However, it all starts by walking into the Theatre Classroom where all the magic is made…

Besides being a homage to the great Charlie Chaplin (and also decorated with posters that make you think deeply), this is where we — the students — create.

In the fall, the play comes together; in the winter, the musical. In the spring, well, that’s when “One Acts” are in full swing.


To give you some insight on my experience, freshman year I had the time of my life playing “Audrey II” in Little Shop of Horrors; a very opinionated disciple in Godspell the next year; the “Squeegee Man” in Rent, and two hilarious roles in two years of “One Acts.”

In short, my experience at LA would have been very different if I didn’t involve myself in the Theater Department!

But it’s entirely up to you to take that first step.

So, even if you have never been in a play or performed a scene publically in your life —


Check out Mike’s “theatre reel,” used in his college applications…

Elm Tree Press: Who You Are

by Veronica Saldanha  ’20

As stated by its mission statement:

Lawrence Academy recognizes you for who you are and inspires you to take responsibility for who you want to become…

Personally, over the last several years at Lawrence Academy, I have come to realize that being who you are is a big part of being a student at LA.

Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 3.42.13 PMAs an international student, when I first moved onto Lawrence Academy’s campus, I was shocked by the learning environment.

It just seemed to be hands-on and very interactive.

I remember freshman year in Global Cultures class, we were learning about the Harlem Renaissance and the teacher, Mrs. Huggins, decided that we were going to do a project that would involve pretending we were characters from the Harlem Renaissance.

With the mission statement in my head, I decided that I would try singing in front of my peers.

At that time, I really thought to myself that it was either going to lead to something good or just be a big embarrassment, as I had only really sung in my room. However, I still decided to go for it.

When the time came, I sang in front of 16 of my peers and the response was pretty good. But something that really stuck with me was the fact that I started singing because of history class, because of the support that was given to me from my teacher and peers.

I could’ve just stayed silent and done nothing, but instead, I decided to step out of my comfort zone.

I was then introduced to the Music Department who helped me build my confidence to perform in front of a whole audience in the auditorium. Ever since then, I have been part of the LA singers and the annual school musical.

I would have never started singing if it wasn’t for my teacher and peers at LA. When I first came here, I never realized that I would find something that I love, let alone find confidence in a history classroom. I became invested in singers and now it is one of the things on campus that I love the most. It has become an important part of my life and I will always thank LA for the support.

Whether it is sports or music, LA has always been supportive and is a great community to discover yourself.

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Nine LA Singers Perform at 41st All-New England Choral Festival


Nine Lawrence Academy students are representing LA at the 41st All-New England Choral Festival at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Aiden Berger ’22, Taijie Chen’19, Celine Kim ’21, Nate Hubbard-Nelson ’22Sophia Anne Lando ’20, Claire Lanzendorf ’20, Emily Leung ’19, Veronica Saldanha ’20, and  Crystal Xia ’21 all made the day-trip north accompanied by Director of Music Jenny Cooper.

This year’s theme is “ALL OF US,” based on the final chorus in Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Shepard” and the choral will perform:

  • “Flight Song” by Kim Andre Arnesen
  • “The Listening” by Cheryl B. Engelhardt
  • “Soweto: June, 1976” by Caldwell and Ivory
  • “All of Us” by Craig Hella Johnson

The students began rehearsing at 9:00 a.m. and will work through the pieces with conductor Dan Perkins and pianist Charlie Blood until the 7:00 p.m. concert begins in the Silver Center (Hanaway Theatre) at Plymouth State University in Plymouth.



Everybody is Invited to “Everybody”

Synopsis: God has sent his messenger, Death, to find you so that you can come account for your life and the way you lived it. Will you be able to find anyone to go with you on this mysterious journey? It will be hilarious watching you try, anyway.

Congratulations to the cast of “Everybody”!


Mr. Sugerman recently announced the cast of Lawrence Academy’s fall play:

  • Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 PM

Taking the stage of Lawrence Academy’s Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center (RMPAC)…

Omar Abuhamdeh, Shriya Balaji
Sophie Beleno-Carney, Avery Cheeks
Leah Davis Lulu Feeney
Mia Gage, Rachel Gallant
Michael Kroll ,Sabrina Ladiwala
Stephen LaSala, Wilson Li
Eric Lu, Yuki Sun

Harry Jeon, Katherine Xu
Anh Nguyen, Mia Nguyen
Jake Rutstein, Seunghee Wei
Johnny Horvath, Max Zornada

Stage Manager: Henry Trainor
Original Music: Omar Abuhamdeh

“Break a leg, everybody!”