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CURTAINS

 

On March 17, 19th and 20th, the SSLI Drama Club is  proud to present 
 
CURTAINS - The Whodunit Musical Comedy
Book by RUPERT HOLMES, Music by JOHN KANDER, Lyrics by FRED EBB
 
Directed by Joan Freeman Cohen
All performances will take place at the Long Island Children's Museum 11 Davis Ave, Garden City, NY

 

The musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots. Set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts , a company of actors is trying out a Broadway bound show when the supremely untalented star is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.

The Review are in... Curtains - A Smash Hit!

For three sold out nights in March, the HS Drama Club presented the acclaimed murder mystery musical whodunnit Curtains to enthusiastic audiences at the Long Island Children's Museum. Over 28 students participated in the production both in front of and behind the stage and all had an exhausting yet exhilarating experience. A large team of parents assisted in a wide variety of ways including costumes, props construction, feeding of the cast and crew and backstage help during rehearsals and the show itself. It was a true example of community theater at its best. Kudos to director Joan Cohen and her fine company of actors and production staff for another outstanding drama club musical. This marked fourteen years of shows at the Long Island Children's Museum. Carry on, drama club!

 


 

THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION

by Aaron Sorkin. Directed by Joan Cohen

 

t's 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called "television". Separated by two thousand miles, each knows that if he stops working, even for a moment, the other will gain the edge. Who will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century: the ruthless media mogul or the self-taught Idaho farm boy?

The Review are in...

On November 19th and 21st, the SSLI High School Drama Club dazzled audiences with its fine production of "The Farnsworth Invention". 22 students from freshmen to seniors,worked tirelessly to bring an incredibly challenging and moving play to the stage. Written by Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, A Few Good Men, The Social Network, Steve Jobs), the play told the story of a genius farm boy by the name of Philo T. Farnsworth who invented television only to have the patents slip through his fingers and end up in the hands of David Sarnoff at RCA. Set mostly in the early 1930's, students encountered a great deal of American history and ably negotiated their way through the sinking of the Titantic, the birth of popular radio, the 1929 crash of the stock market and the rise of corporate America - to name just a few of the moments that were featured in the show.

The cast easily rose to the challenge of Sorkin's wordy script and the stage crew nimbly shifted the scenes from a one room school house to a New York City boardroom to a science laboratory to a hospital to the front lawn of a house in Utah. The show was directed by SSLI drama teacher Joan Cohen who once again raised the bar and pushed the students to heights heretofore unscaled. The show would have been challenging for a graduate theatre department in college and yet our own high school students did a superb job with it. Kudos to the hardworking cast and crew on another fine production.

Photos by Moti Dolgin

 

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