Elm Tree Press: Theatre at LA

by Mike Templeton ’19

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Questions:

  • 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?

Answers:

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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.

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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 —

NOW IS THE TIME! IT IS SO MUCH FUN AND WORTH EVERY SECOND!

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

One Acts Debut This Week

See them, May 10 – 12 at LA

From Mr. Sugerman…

The time is coming:

8 directors. 46 actors. (see below)
6 world premiere plays!
The first improvised one act at LA!
Fireworks, and free gifts for everyone.
…one of those is a lie.

Get your tickets outside the dining hall this week.
The seats fill up, so make sure you get yourself a ticket.
Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 7:30 & Saturday at 8:00 PM
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Who Burned the Chili?? written & directed by Aidan Travis
Cast: Donald Long, Claire Lanzendorf, Omar Abuhamdeh, Julia Schmidt, Jamie Comeau, Oliver Yang

Iceberg to Nowhere, directed by Matt Killian
Cast: Finn Harding, Harrison Bernhardt, Arhant Ghanta

Love Me Tinder, written & directed by Lucia Stein
Cast: Denby Fortune, Julia Stern, Nicole Winthrop, Matt Saghir, Cameron Taylor, Junior Saldanha, Paul Tola

I, Damien, written & directed by Isaac Mukala
Cast: Stephen LaSala, Jess Fatzinger, Anna Duffy, Catherine Lee, Zamir Primus, Claire Ianini

Diagenesis, written & directed by Jesse Trainor
Cast: Shriya Balaji, Leah Davis, Anya Brown, Veronica Saldanha, Emmy Glick

What They Bring to the Table, conceived & directed by Adam Dutton
Cast: TJ Duggan, Celine Kim, Sabrina Ladiwala, James Choi, Hal Groome, Cassie Comjean, Foley Rabbit

Thursday, written & directed by Grace Harlan
Cast: Corinne McCool, Mia Gage, David Turner, Ahmad Miller, Matt Noel, Bridget Walter

Two Sides of Bacon, written & directed by Ellen Sojka
Cast: Mike Templeton, Will Easterly, Mark Bedetti, Viraz Mahanti, Kerri Murphy, Martin Mann

2018 One Acts Casts & Crew Announced

Student-produced one-act shows hit the RMPAC stage May 10 – 12 (Updated: April 23)

2017 One Acts rehearsal.

From Mr. Sugerman:

Congratulations to all those students who were brave enough to come out and audition for the one acts! Congratulations to the eight directors who locked themselves in my classroom after auditions to generously and collaboratively negotiate, compromise, and struggle to cast the shows with all the actors who auditioned!

Here are the cast lists for each director’s show, many of which are original works…

Director: Aidan Travis
Cast: Donald Long, Claire Lanzendorf, Omar Abuhamdeh, Julia Schmidt, Jamie Comeau, Oliver Yang

Director: Jesse Trainor
Cast: Shriya Balaji, Leah Davis, Anya Brown, Veronica Saldanha, Emmy Glick

Director: Lucia Stein
Cast: Denby Fortune, Julia Stern, Nicole Winthrop, Matt Saghir, Cameron Taylor, Junior Saldanha, Paul Tola

Director: Ellen Sojka
Cast: Mike Templeton, Will Easterly, Mark Bedetti, Viraz Mahanti, Kerri Murphy, Martin Mann

Director: Isaac Mukala
Cast: Stephen LaSala, Jess Fatzinger, Anna Duffy, Catherine Lee, Zamir Primus, Jax Jahnle

Director: Matt Killian
Cast: Finn Harding, Harrison Bernhardt, Arhant Ghanta

Director: Grace Harlan
Cast: Corinne McCool, Mia Gage, David Turner, Ahmad Miller, Matt Noel, Bridget Walter

Director: Adam Dutton
Cast: TJ Duggan, Celine Kim, Sabrina Ladiwala, James Choi, Hal Groome, Cassie Comjean, Foley Rabbit

Denby Fortune ’19 performs during the 2017 One Acts.


Break a leg everyone!