Into the Woods by Jenkintown Middle / High School in Jenkintown, PA
November 16, 2016
Review submitted by Juliana de Lehman of The Agnes Irwin School
A pleasant night full of princes, princesses, a witch, a baker and his wife and their interwoven quests for their individual desires told through a twisted fairytale presented by Jenkintown High School.
Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods came to Broadway in 1987 and was commended by audiences, winning multiple Tony Awards. The story follows fairyta...
Cabaret by Friends Select School in Philadelphia, PA
November 16, 2016
Review submitted by Chelsea Chaet of Eastern Regional High School
It was just 1966 when composer John Kander wrote the beautiful masterpiece that is Cabaret. Set in Berlin, Germany during the 1930s, the dawn of Nazi Germany, the story follows American Sally Bowles and her life in Berlin working as a dancer at The Kit Kat Club. Narrated by the enthusiastic Emcee, Cabaret compels its audience with its characters, plot, and iss...
Curtains! by Dock Mennonite Academy in Lansdale, PA
November 12, 2016
Review submitted by Anna Sherman of Cardinal O'Hara High School
Appalling reviews from The Boston Globe and the death of the lead actress all in the same day? When you are at the bottom, the only place to go is up. Dock Mennonite Academy proved exactly that in their captivating production of Curtains!
Curtains! is a whodunit murder mystery created by award winning Peter Stone. After his death in 2003, Rupert Holmes completed...
Peter and the Starcatcher by The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA
November 10, 2016
Review submitted by Emma Danz of Harriton High School
Joining the timeless tale of lost boys, fairy dust, and a boy who wouldn’t grow up, Episcopal Academy’s Domino Club created a world where sailors, orphans, and dreamers came together through laughter and tears to share Peter and the Starcatcher.
Peter and the Starcatcher imparts the imaginative prequel to Peter and Wendy, giving backstory to the age...
The Crucible by Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA
November 2, 2016
Review submitted by Shelby Lenhart of Upper Merion Area High School
A fire once burned in Salem in 1693, and it burnt again at Upper Darby High School as they brought Arthur Miller's prolific play The Crucible to life on their stage.
The gallows were never wanting of lives to take in Salem in the late 17th century as the infamous Salem Witch Trials plagued the small Massachusetts town. Arthur Miller's timeless play is ...
The Infinite Black Suitcase by Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, PA
November 2, 2016
Review submitted by Trinity Pike of Upper Merion Area High School
While grief possesses an overwhelming weight, it must be carried through life. Friends’ Central School took their suitcases with both sensitivity and sophistication. The cast and crew of Infinite Black Suitcase portrayed human resilience with insightful artistry in their Saturday performance.
Critically-acclaimed playwright E. M. Lewis soug...
The Cappies first organizational meeting of the year was held on Sunday October 16th at Plymouth-Whitemarsh high school. Over 175 student critics, mentors, and directors were in attendance.
The Cappies program has thirty-nine high schools involved this year from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The first Cappies' shows start the weekend of October 28th and the last show will be in April. Each show will be attended by Cappies critics from various teams, an average of thirty critics per ...
Oliver! - Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA
April 26, 2016
Review by: Ashley Stauber of Germantown Academy
In their latest musical, Oliver!, the Academy of The New Church shimmers with alacrity and talent.
Charles Dickens’s story of the tumultuous life of an orphan was adapted into a musical in 1960 with music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart.
Nimble on his feet and adroit in action, Declan Durand (Oliver) also dazzled with his bell-like vocals. Tykah Echols (Fagin) wowed with her ...
Into the Woods - The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA
April 19, 2016
Review by: Lea Harlev of Archmere Academy
Almost every child grows up hearing whimsical fairy tales where the heroes end up happy and the villains are punished in the end, but this is not how real life works. The Baldwin School demonstrated a more comprehensive view of reality through fairy tales as they presented the tantalizing musical, Into the Woods.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods premiered on B...
The Music Man - The Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in Philadelphia, PA
April 19, 2016
Review by: Jane Mentzinger of Westtown School
Seventy-six trombones led the big parade with a hundred and ten CAPA performers on the stage. The rows and rows of the finest virtuosos certainly filled The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts’ production of The Music Man.
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, The Music Man tells the story of con-man Harold ...