“Arts Week” Features Six Nights of Performances

Lawrence Academy’s Visual Artists, Thespians, Musicians, Singers, and Dancers featured during the Spring Term Arts Showcase

Even as Lawrence Academy inches ever closer to the inevitable post-graduation slow down, both the weather and the calendar are heating up.

As a reminder, make sure to peruse the upcoming schedule of performances during LA’s Spring Term Arts Showcase – a.k.a. “Arts Week.”

Commencing Friday, May 17, and continuing through Friday, May 24, a dozen performances and ehibitions will grace our spaces and stages.

Friday, May 17, 2019
6:00 – 7:00 PM Honors Art Opening, Conant Gallery
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM New England Brass Band with LA Singers, RMPAC

Monday, May 20, 2019
7:30 – 8:30 PM Student Production: “Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” in the Theatre Classroom

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 PM Spring Music Ensemble, Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center; Music Recital, Lalu Saldanha ’20, follows in the Recital Hall

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
6:30 – 7:15 PM, Music Recital, Justin Chen ’19, Conant Art Gallery
7:30 – 8:30 PM Student Production: “Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” in the Theatre Classroom

Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:00 – 7:00 PM, Spring Visual Arts Opening, Williams Gallery
7:00 – 8:00 PM, Spring Dance Performance, Black Box Theatre

Friday, May 24, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 PM, Spring Music Recital, Recital Hall
8:00 – 9:00 PM, Spring Dance Performance, Black Box Theatre

Performance information subject to change; watch this space for additions…

Students Set to Stage “Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” May 20 & 22

Lawrence Academy Juniors Rachel Gallant & Mia Gage present Steiner’s play

On Sunday, May 12, Director of Theatre Joel Sugerman announced:

“Here is a performance that you should come to if you like good theatre: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – the final performance of a theatre intensive independent by juniors Rachel Gallant and Mia Gage, Monday and Wednesday, May 20 & 22 in the Theatre Classroom.”

The Goodreads.com synopsis reads:

The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out.

“Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” imagines a world where we’re forced to say less.

It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons…

Sounds so intriguing! Break a leg Mia and Rachel

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…

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!”

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

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