PHS 2014-15 Theater Season

The Pembroke Hill Theatre Department Presents...

 Classic Tales of Character 

Upper School 'One Acts'

(This evening will be a single, hour long, one act with student designers rather than four directors)

 

Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog


By Joss Whedon. Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, 7:00pm
 
Centennial Hall Auditorium
 
Director: Rachel Cain
Musical Directors: Spencer Thut
Music Supervisor: Brant Challacombe
Stage Manager: Maddie Tolsdorf
Assistant Stage Manager: Amanda Rivard
Choreographer: Katie Graves
Costume Design: Allison Ernst
Hair and Make-up Design: Caroline Massey
Sound Design: Andrew Cho
Lighting Design: Jason MacMillan
Projection Design: Dylan Dameron
Cast TBD


Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical tragicomedy miniseries in three acts. The show tells the story of Dr. Horrible an aspiring supervillain; Captain Hammer, his nemesis; and Penny), their shared love interest.  The movie was written by writer/director Joss Whedon, his brothers Zack Whedon (a television writer) and Jed Whedon (a composer), and writer/actress Maurissa Tancharoen. The team wrote the musical during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The idea was to create something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike. It won thePeople's Choice Award for "Favorite Online Sensation", and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. It also won a 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs.

 

Upper School Fall Play

Tartuffe
by Moliere
Ranjit Bolt Translation
Hall Student Center
October 24 & 25, 2014
7:30pm
Directed by Rachel Cain

The religious fraud Tartuffe has wormed his way into the affections and household of rich merchant, Orgon, with pantomime piety and counterfeit zeal. So comprehensively has he hoodwinked Orgon that he looks set to succeed in driving away the son, marrying the daughter, seducing the wife and imprisoning Orgon.

Molière's classic satire was denounced on its first performance as a sacrilegious outrage and banned from further public view. Only after petition to Louis XIV was the ban lifted, and the play's trenchant mockery of human frailties has ensured its popularity ever since.


(you don't have to use that last paragraph if you think it's not website material)

 

 

Middle School Fall One Acts

The Audition  by Don Zolidis

A new theater teacher is bringing a production of A Chorus Line to the high school. Though the hopefuls range from shy to outrageous, and from diva-like to determined, everyone has a chance to step into the spotlight. A hilarious and heartbreaking look at the madness of auditioning and the actors who brave the process for that perfect part.

The Rehearsal  by Don Zolidis

A young teacher tries to pull off a production of Guys and Dolls, but putting a musical together is never easy, especially with a megalomaniacal stage manager, a lead who's convinced that Wicked is a much better show, and a girl who is clinically incapable of following directions (she has a doctor's note to prove it). And to make matters worse, there aren't nearly enough guys to be the Guys. A hilarious and poignant look behind the scenes of a drama club production filled with -- what else? -- lots of drama.

 

Upper School Spring Musical

Urinetown: The Musical
by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann
Hall Student Center
March 6 & 7, 2015
7:30pm
Director by Rachel Cain
Musical Directors Joel Diffendaffer and Brant Challacombe
Praised by critics for reinvigorating the very notion of what a Broadway musical could be, Urinetown is one of the most distinctive, intelligent, and jubilant theatrical experiences to hit the Great White Way in recent memory. A grand and winking love letter to the conventions of musical theatre, and an untempered satire wherein no one is safe from scrutiny, Urinetown depicts a world wracked by ecological disaster, caught in the throes of corporate greed, and ultimately felled by the best intentions. In a Gotham-like city, a depletion of the earth/s water supply has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The privilege to pee is regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero has risen who will lead them to freedom.

 

 

Upper School Spring Play

The Trojan Women

By Euripides

Euripides's play follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed, and as their remaining families are about to be taken away as slaves. However, it begins first with the gods Athena and Poseidon discussing ways to punish the Greek armies because they condoned the assault of Cassandra, the eldest daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba. What follows shows how much the Trojan women have suffered as their grief is compounded when the Greeks dole out additional deaths and divide their shares of women.