Drama 2 Plays

Below are the ticket links to purchase tickets to our Drama 2 shows! 

King John will be opening this Thursday, Feb. 2nd @7pm.

King John 
Directed by James Palmer
Stage Management by Angelie Rodriguez
Assistant Directed by Dianna Zorek
Stage Management Mentorship by Kaelin Fuld

Show Dates:
Thurs, Feb. 2nd @ 7pm
Fri, Feb. 3rd @ 2pm & 7pm
Sat, Feb. 4th @ 7pm

Purchase tickets for King John

Henry IV 
Directed by Amara Aja
Stage Management by Rebecca Berger
Assistant Director/Stage Managed by Fiona Grand
Sound Design by Johnny Hamilton-Janak

Show Dates:

Wed, Feb. 15th @ 7pm
Fri, Feb. 17th @ 4pm
Fri, Feb. 17th @ 7pm

Purchase tickets for Henry IV

Playwriting Fellowship Opportunity

LUCILLE LORTEL’S NYC PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL PLAYWRITING FELLOWSHIP

An exciting NYC ten-minute play festival partnership focused on sparking and showcasing youth creative voices. The contest culminates with an evening of staged readings with professional actors of these original student one-act plays.

Fellows will have:

  • access to NYC professional playwright mentors
  • their plays published in a Lortel Play anthology
  • access to tickets to a Broadway show, and a certificate of recognition. 

DEADLINE: January 2023

Get more info and register

Drama 3 Play: Roe

Roe, by Lisa Loomer
Directed by Heather Lanza 
Stage Managed by Anna Wheeler

Performances Dates/Times:
Weds Nov 16 @ 7 PM
Thurs Nov 17 @ 7 PM
Fri Nov 18 @ 2 PM and  7 PM
Sat Nov 19 @ 7 PM

Location: PPAS Mainstage in the Auditorium

All ticket sales and donations support the PPAS PTA.

Synopsis: Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, is still fiercely debated over forty years later. In this incisive play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, ROE reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each side has for its cause.

Stagedoor Manor Scholarships

Stagedoor Manor is the preeminent theater camp in the United States. Located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, in Sullivan County, NY, Stagedoor has available several FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to attend their program next summer (2023).

What: Full scholarship to attend Stagedoor Manor.

Where: Loch Sheldrake, NY (2 1/2 hrs north of NYC).

When: Session #3, July 24th, to August 13th, 2023.

Who: High school musical theater students, grades 9 – 11.

Deadline: December 15th, 2022.

Notification of Acceptance: February 10th, 2023.

Learn About Iran Protests

From our partner, Waterwell:

Last month, the morality police forcibly arrested Kurdish woman, Mahsa (Jina) Amini, for supposedly wearing her hijab “incorrectly.” Days later, after suffering through a 3-day coma, Jina died under the custody of the police. The details about her cause of death are still being investigated but this news sparked outrage amongst the Iranian people.

Heartbreakingly, a teenage protester, 16-year-old Nika Shakarami has also been killed while protesting for Jina and the right’s of other Iranian women. Many young people and protestors have sadly been severely injured or killed, as the Iranian government attempts to stop the protesting. 

Here is a news article by Bassé Digé, an Iranian woman, which further contextualizes the events with a cultural and personal lens.

Below is a list of people you can follow to STAY INFORMED. And, continue to SHARE the content and use hashtags #MahsaAmini and #NikiShakarami.

It is especially important to do so because authorities in Iran have shut down most access to the internet and social media.

@arianmoayed 

@masih.alinejad 

@nazaninboniadi 

@lsarsour 

@golfarahani 

@justinaofficial

@shadiismyname 

@iamnazaninnou

#WOMAN!LIFE!FREEDOM!

Drama Productions

Our first rehearsal projects of the year for both MS & HS have already begun their auditions and callbacks!

The first HS rehearsal project will be Roe by Lisa Loomer. It will be Directed by Heather Lanza and Staged Managed by WDP’s very own senior, Anna Wheeler!

The MS Musical will be Royal Blood with book by Kevin Townley and Music & Lyrics by Josh Franklin. This is a brand new musical, and the students will have the opportunity to work alongside the writers as they continue to tweak and improve the piece.

Royal Blood will be directed by Kyle Pleasant, Music Directed by Marissa Davis, and Stage Managed by Kaelin Fuld.

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