Huntington High School drama club members will take the stage this weekend for three shows of the group’s production of A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room.
The actors and stage crew members have perfected their roles during weeks of rehearsals under the watchful eyes of drama club advisor Michael Schwendemann and his team of professionals.
The curtain goes up on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, November 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door priced at $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, faculty and staff members and students with ID cards.
“I’m incredibly excited about this show, especially with the amazing cast that we have,” senior Lola Kindall said. “In the show the scenes aren’t cut between blackouts and I think that leads to the whole cast to being really connected with the show as a whole, not just their scenes.”
Crowds are in for a real treat this Friday and Saturday. The high school auditorium has sensational lighting and an exceptional sound system. It’s one of the premier facilities on Long Island with an enormous stage. The drama club’s productions have taken a giant leap forward over the past decade and this week’s show is not expected to disappoint.
“One of my favorite moments of rehearsal so far has been the day that we went off script,” Ms. Kindall said. “On stage and from the audience you could see the connection and meaning behind every scene. I really think that’s why people should come and see the show; because it’s a show about people living their lives and learning from each other and that’s what we were doing that day. Everything just popped off the page and it really became a show about connection. I really believe that this show is about how everyone faces the same problems and that the conflicts that we think make us alone really prove that we’re all the same.”
The actors and stagehands are all approaching the show with marked professionally, even though the teenagers are really all amateurs. Audiences won’t be disappointed this weekend.
“Rehearsals have been exciting during ‘crunch’ week,” senior Peter Ciccone said. “The show is really coming together and every scene and storyline is unique. People should see it because it is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once.”