Drama 1 Showcase

Drama 1’s Jury showcase is coming up on June 9 and 10! They will be performing their Juries in front of their peers and the PPAS community (parents/staff). This is their “rehearsal project” for the year, since as freshmen they do not get a fully produced show, like they do in 10th-12th grade. 

Parents/families and teachers/staff are welcome to attend the showcase but reservations are required. 

Thurs. June 9th @7pm in The Blackbox

Fri. June 10th. @ 7pm in the Blackbox.

Please RSVP now!

*You do not need to attend both nights, it will be the same performances happening on each night.

Waterwell Wins High School Festival

From Heather Lanza:

I am proud to share that the Waterwell Drama Program has won the prestigious Shubert Foundation High School Theater Festival for the second year in a row!

The Festival is a city-wide competition in which five productions are selected from among all the year’s High School shows from all five boroughs. I am thrilled that our community of young artists is being recognized in this way and am inspired by their commitment to making theater with excellence and empathy in challenging conditions.

Last year, Waterwell students’ virtual rendition of Romeo and Juliet, directed by our own Cherie Corinne Rice, was selected as a festival winner. This year, our production of Paula Vogel’s Indecent, which I directed and which was featured on stage at the Winter Garden Broadway theater on May 23, made us back-to-back winners.

The thriving creativity, artistry, and success of Waterwell students demonstrates the relevance and power of arts education rooted in empathy and engagement with civic issues that touch students’ lives.

New York Teen Shakespeare Intensive

The New York Teen Shakespeare Intensive is a two-week summer training program for young actors ages 15 to 19. Students delve deeply into Shakespeare’s works, characters, and language through a progressive program of physical movement training and character development techniques to prepare them with the fundamentals required for university and the professional acting arena.

For the third year in a row, the intensive is being presented in an online format. The program will run from July 11-July 22, culminating in an invited showcase on the final day. The classes will be held between 10am and 3pm EST on Zoom.

The program is able to offer three students from PPAS partial-tuition scholarships of $170.00 The recipients must be ambitious students in good academic standing that you and your colleagues recommend. The tuition has been adjusted for the online format from $2,350 to $850 USD. There are just a few spots left, and we want to make sure your students don’t miss out on this opportunity. 

Additional information about the program can be found on their website: newyorkteenshakespeareintensive.com

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at (914) 893-6617 or email info@newyorkteenshakespeareintensive.com

Motel Andromeda

Come support some of our seniors at their final production with us!We are particularly proud this year to have two members of the Waterwell faculty as the writer and director for this year’s production, including long-time Head of Voice and Speech, Cherie Corinne Rice, and Acting III teacher Ricardo Vázquez. Rice and Vázquez are working deeply with the Drama 4 class to generate this new play together.

Motel Andromeda
Written by Cherie Corinne Rice
Directed by Ricardo Vázquez

On Halloween night, a group of teens unexpectedly disembark at a celestial egress located on the edge of everywhere and nowhere. Inspired by the myth of the Ethiopian princess Andromeda, these young adventurers mount a mission to escape this paranormal portal and the threat of sacrifice for the sins of their forefathers.

Show Dates:
Wednesday, March 30th @ 7 pm
Thursday, March 31st @ 7 pm
Friday, April 1st @ 4 pm and 7 pm
Saturday, April 2nd @ 7 pm

Get tickets now!

Bake Sale Thank-You

Thank you to all the PTA parents who answered the call for donated treats for our first monthly bake sale. We were overwhelmed by the abundance of goodies, and the kids were so excited! Thanks to you, we were able to raise just under $400 for the PTA.

We’ll be having these sales on the first Friday of each month through June, so please keep the goodies coming!

And if you’re available to help with the sales, please contact dramadelegate@ppaspta.org.

Hear Me! Monologue Showcase

Students currently living and attending high school in New York City, grades 9-12, are eligible to audition for the Hear Me! Monologue Showcase. There is no cost to apply or participate.

Students will submit a video audition performing a monologue of 2.5 minutes or longer written by an American playwright (or Shakespeare). Students may select any monologue they prefer, regardless of gender.

The application deadline is Friday, March 11th. Get more info about the showcase and apply.

2022 Keen Teens Auditions

Keen Teens is a free production and performance opportunity for high school students interested in theater! Working with professional playwrights, directors, designers and technicians, students will perform in the world premiere production of three new short plays written exclusively for Keen Teens by C. Quintana (AZUL at Diversionary Theatre & SCISSORING at INTAR Theatre), Bleu Beckford-Burell (2021 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow), and Stephanie Swirsky. The plays are then published by Concord Theatricals and made available to be performed in high schools across the country.

Students who are cast will rehearse once a week, after school, beginning February 14th, plus three weekend rehearsals in late April/early May. The plays will be performed at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row for five performances in mid-May.

You can find out more info about the program and create your audition. For anyone who’s not an actor and is interested in directing, tech (lights/sound), design (scenic/costume), stage management, or producing, students have the opportunity to assist members of Keen Teens’ production team — please email keenteens@keencompany.org to set up an interview.

CreateHER Applications

Applications are now open for the spring session of CreateHER, a free program for girl-identifying and non-binary high school students interested in writing and producing for theatre.

Through this program, students are given the technical and creative tools to take their ideas from page to reality. CreateHER provides high-level playwriting and producing courses and features guest speakers who are leaders in the theatre industry: from producers and general managers, to groundbreaking playwrights, dramaturgs, and marketing directors. By the end of the semester, all students write, produce, and present a short play of their own, which will be presented on May 22nd.

Classes are held on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00 PM, beginning February 6th. Applications are open through January 22nd. To apply, visit the CreateHER Web site.