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Production Staff

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Mike Abel '11, Mike Korona '11, and Cam Cote '13   in the May 2011

MICHAEL BRAIDMAN, Advisor

mbraidman@hr-k12.org

Mr. Braidman has been teaching English at HRHS since 2003, and running the Drama Company since 2006. He was an active participant in his own high school’s drama company, as well as the Theatre Department at UMass Amherst, where he earned a BA in English and his teaching certification.  As Advisor to the Company, Mr. Braidman directs one production a year, oversees all other productions, and coaches Improvers Anonymous, the improvisational comedy troupe.

 

LUCAS FITZPATRICK, Marketing Director & Middle School Drama Instructor

lfitzpatrick@hr-k12.org

Lucas is a graduate of Hampshire Regional and longtime member of the Company. Outside of HRHS, he has taught improvisational comedy seminars at Springfield Technical Community College and acting intensives at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts, and worked professionally as an actor in the former Williston Northampton School Summer Theater and as the Box Office Manager at the Chester Theatre Company. Currently, Lucas facilitates the production of student-organized theatrical works at Westfield State University, while pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts. Since his return to Hampshire Regional, Lucas has enjoyed marketing the mainstage productions and training the next generation of performers in the Middle School Drama Club.

 

JOE LARKIN, Technical Direction & Design

Joe caught the theater bug in high school, and studied Theater Design with Jim Franklin at the University of Connecticut.  He has been involved in more than 30 productions, serving in various roles including actor, carpenter, director, electrician, master electrician, fly operator, lighting designer, puppet maker, set designer, stagehand, stage manager, technical director and even writer.  Joe enjoys working with the students at HRHS, and is quite happy that HRHS grads have gone on to their own study of theater in college.

 

SIKA BERGER, Costume Design

Sika studied theater production, acting, and filmmaking at Oberlin College, worked in TV production, and acted in high school, college, community, and repertory companies.  She started costume work for the stage with Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater when her daughter, HRHS senior Elizabeth Rausch, began performing locally in musicals.  A librarian at Smith College, Sika has been pleased to support HRHS students with costume design an

Seminars

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Students work with Chester Theatre Company Artistic Director Byam Stevens.
Students work with Chester Theatre Company Artistic Director Byam Stevens.


The HRHS Drama Company provides a monthly opportunity for any HRHS student interested in theater to expand their knowledge of a specific branch of drama with the Seminar program. Guest artists and lecturers from the Pioneer Valley theater scene are brought in after school to lead a workshop in their specialty. Listen for announcements in school for details regarding future seminars.

 

Previous Seminar Topics:

   September 2013 - Character Development with Mr. Braidman and Lucas

   October 2013 - Sketch Comedy Writing with Paul Anthony Ita, local comedy writer of Side of Toast

  Comedy

   November 2013 - Audition Skills with Byam Stevens, Artistic Director of the Chester Theatre

  Company

   January 2014 - Costuming for Theater with Sika Berger, resident costume designer

   February 2014 - Improv with Mosie McNally, local comedian

   March 2014 - Directing with Sheila Siragusa, local director, theater professor at Smith and UMass

   April 2014 - Acting with Damian Ladd, professional actor

   June 2014 - Improv with Pam Victor, professional improv comedian

Improvers Anonymous
Improvers Anonymous
Improvers Anonymous was founded in November of 2008 and features twelve talented young comedians in audience-suggested situations. The group, coached by HRHS Drama Company Advisor Michael Braidman, performs at the annual Improvisketchalogues, the annual library improv show in the winter, with other local improv comedy groups in the Alliance of Improv, and at many other performance opportunities in the academic year. Entrance to the group is audition-based, with auditions held on a yearly basis.

  • HRHS Main Stage
    HRHS Main Stage
    The HRHS Drama Company presents three Main Stage shows a year: a fall production, Improvisketchalogues (improv comedy, sketch comedy, and monologues) in December, and a senior-directed collaboration in the spring. In addition, the Company presents a number of improv comedy and revue shows throughout the academic year.

    2006-2007 • The Importance of Being Earnest • The Crucible • Kimberly Akimbo • The Taming of the Shrew • 2007-2008 • The Odd Couple • Improvisketchalogues 1 • Fiddler on the Roof • Missed Connections: A Quartet of One Act Plays • 2008-2009 • The Maltese Frenchman • Improvisketchalogues 2 • LOL@HRHS • An Improvisational Explosion • The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon • Mis-Directed Study • 2009-2010 • Gods Help Us! • Improvisketchalogues 3 • <3 @ HRHS • Play Dead • 2010-2011 • Lady Windermere’s Fan • Improvisketchalogues 4 • CTRL+ALT+DEL • Treasure Island • Super Silly Somewhat Summer Show • 2011-2012 • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) {Revised} • Improvisketchalogues 5 • Halloween in February • The Election • Drama Showcase • 2012-2013 • Much Ado About Nothing • Improvisketchalogues 6 • Post-Apocalyptic Improv Show • Alice in Wonderland • A Tribute To Snow Days • 2012-2013 • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe • Improvisketchalogues 7 • Historical Bash at the Book Stash • Ax of Murder • #2spooky@HRHS

HRHS Main Stage

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The HRHS Drama Company presents three Main Stage shows a year: a fall production, Improvisketchalogues (improv comedy, sketch comedy, and monologues) in December, and a senior-directed collaboration in the spring. In addition, the Company presents a number of improv comedy and revue shows throughout the academic year.

From the Fall 2012 Production

 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING   

Improvisketchalogues 2

 From Improvisketchalogues 2

  December 2008 

HRHS Drama Company
HRHS Drama Company
The mission of the HRHS Drama Company is to provide all interested students with a variety of opportunities to perform, create and learn in a theatrical environment, to prepare its members for future success by developing theatre-related skills, and to present quality entertainment to HRHS and the surrounding community.