Maddy DiGiovanni ’13, Piper Gellman ’13, Natlalie Kane ’14
This year’s production, Annie Get Your Gun, was bittersweet for the seniors involved in theater, pit band, and stage crew: despite the excitement and success, it marked the close of their last season with the MLHS Theater Department. In recognition of their outstanding contributions over the past four years, The Mountaineer presents a profile of each senior’s experience here. (Apparently lengthy rehearsals are not quite a favorite…) A huge thank-you to all the seniors, and we wish you only the best in college!
Alex Bird, involved for 4 years
All photos within article courtesy of Lakes Yearbook.
Favorite aspect of theater: the opportunity to share all our hard work with the community
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: the focus that has been placed on the characters in the show, as opposed to concentrating on extensive scenic design- it makes for a more realistic and enjoyable show.
Plans for the future: to continue my theatrical studies in college.
What won’t be missed: the four quick changes I have had to make this year
Claire Buesser, involved for 4 years
Favorite aspect of theater: seeing the final product. All the hours we put in are finally worth it. And I love performing for a live audience. It’s very rewarding when the audience appreciates your work. And I also love the opportunity to become another person through acting
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: the accents. I love speaking in the Western accent, and hearing everyone else is fun, too!
Plans for the future: to continue it as a passion on the side, but not as my career. Music will always remain a big part of my life
What won’t be missed: the lengthy rehearsals. It will be nice to finally have time to do my homework!
Nicole Colchete, involved for 3 years
Favorite aspect of theater: going out after opening night
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: the dance numbers
Plans for the future: to pursue theater in college
What won’t be missed: waking up at 7 am to go practice on school break and weekends
Favorite production at MLHS: How to Succeed because the story line was fun and it had a lot of fun roles and musical numbers for the ensemble
Henry Finkelstein, involved for 3 years
Favorite aspect of theater: when someone approaches me after a performance and tells me that I made them laugh. If I can make one person laugh, all of the hard work and long days is worth while
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: the accents. It is a lot of fun to use, and hopefully perfect, a southern drawl!
Plans for the future: I do not plan to major in theater, but I want to join an a capella group or a theater group while in college
What won’t be missed: full day rehearsals
AJ Freda, involved for 3 years
Favorite aspect of theater: I love the rush of performing and the awesome feeling afterwards, knowing I did a good job
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: the play is really funny and corny in an over-the-top way; I love how extreme it is
Plans for the future: I might audition in college, but I’m not really sure
What won’t be missed: the long nights: staying at the school till 10 PM is not fun
Luke Hickox, involved for 4 years
Favorite aspect of theater: the people: I have made all my best friends through theater. I find that the culture around theater is very accepting and open, and it’s easy to get along with everyone.
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: the great costumes and props, which really help the actors to get into character…. They’re a lot more important than they seem: when the costumes are finally put on display during dress rehearsals, it really elevates the energy of the whole show.
Plans for the future: to do theater as an extra curricular in college, but I don’t plan to major in it. It’s really just for fun and to make friends.
What won’t be missed: the marathon 6-8 hour practices
Andrew Wall, involved for 4 years
Favorite aspect of theater: how you can really transform yourself into a character when you put on makeup and get into your costume
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: the western theme and cowboy characters are a lot of fun. It is also nice to work with our Mr. Giresi for a second year, since I am already familiar with his directing style
Plans for the future: being on stage is a great self-discovery, so I would definitely like to continue with theater. I am looking into what is available at my college, the University of Iowa
What won’t be missed: the late night rehearsals
Favorite production at MLHS: Annie Get Your Gun: the western theme is just so much fun!
Leesy DeCaprio, involved for 1 year
Favorite aspect of pit band: being involved in the musical without actually being on stage
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: this year’s production has better music than any of the other musicals preformed during my four years at this school
Plans for the future: to pursue neither band nor theater in college
How is pit band different from other bands?: It is the most challenging. In regular band and Jazz band, we play the melodies and main parts. In Pit Band, we play the accompaniment, harmonies, and counter melodies. It’s challenging because we don’t usually have the melody or even a consistent rhythm. We need more focus and determination than any of the other bands.
Katie Doerig, involved for 2 years
Favorite aspect of pit band: the first few rehearsals with the cast and crew
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: the music
Plans for the future: I might participate in pit band as an extracurricular
How is pit band different from other bands?: The music is usually more difficult because of strange key signatures and you have to learn it very quickly. We usually only have about a week to get the show running seamlessly with the actors and crew.
Patrick Wendler, involved for 2 years
Favorite aspect of pit band: having a different type of music to play. Playing with singers and stage choreography is a lot different from normal band
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: my parts are fairly easy to play
Plans for the future: not necessarily to pursue theater, but I’d like to continue some sort of musical activity
What won’t be missed: hearing the same song 55,000 times and playing in only about 3 songs during the show
Favorite production at MLHS: How to Succeed because it had a lot of cool sax lines and jazzy tunes
Stephen Drabik, involved for 3 years
Stephen was recently given the Gypsy Robe in honor of his tireless contributions to stage crew.
Favorite aspect of theater: getting to use and learn about new electronics
Favorite aspect of stage crew: trying to make changes that will last in the school after I leave
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: working with some lighting equipment I have never used before
Plans for the future: I would like to be involved with stage crew in college but this will be some peoples’ major at Ramapo and not mine, so it may be difficult
What won’t be missed: the odd politics that are involved, such as keeping everyone involved, or balancing the short term needs of the show with the long term needs of the school
Favorite production at MLHS: the Baccalaureate my sophomore year; it was the first time I was in charge of the technical aspect
Molly Gimbel, involved for 4 years
Favorite aspect of stage crew: getting to see the show all come together with the technical aspect and the actors the week before the show starts
Best part of Annie Get Your Gun: it was always a favorite of mine growing up, so getting to be a part of this show for my senior year means a lot to me
Plans for the future: to work with sound and lighting at college and hopefully become more educated on the different aspects of technical theater
What won’t be missed: having to stay at the high school till 10 o’clock or later the week before the show
Favorite production at MLHS: How to Succeed because that show was the most fun to work on