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

An Evening of Improv at LA

Elana Fishbein and Rick Andrews return to the RMPAC


Elana Fishbein and LA alum Rick Andrews ’05 — teachers, and performers with the Magnet Theatre in New York — will perform an evening of improvisation next Monday evening, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.

This show will NEVER be repeated again, so don’t miss your chance!

The running time of the show will be no more than 50 minutes.
All are welcome! Admission is free.

Latergram: Original score for 1001 Nights…