01/10/14 3:15pm
01/10/2014 3:15 PM

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | The main characters, George and Mary Bailey, are played by Alex Bowe and Shannon McAlister.

The Riverhead Blue Masques are presenting “It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play” beginning tonight at 7 p.m. Additional performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Charles Cardona Auditorium at Riverhead High School.

The performance is under the co-direction of music teacher Dena Tishim and English teacher Jessica Guadagnino.

The performance is inspired by the classic American film of the same title. It is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Fifty students divided into two ensembles will perform this weekend. The actors in the photographs below will be performing Saturday night.

The main characters, George and Mary Bailey, are played by Alex Bowe and Shannon McAlister, respectively. The angel, Clara, is played by Kaitlyn Jehle and the superintendent of angels by Jesse Goodale. The announcer Freddie Fillmore is played by Kamaria Harris. Musical accompaniment on the piano is Jessica Sisti.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at door and $5 for seniors. For more information, contact Dena Tishim at 369-6741.

02/01/13 7:00am
02/01/2013 7:00 AM
"HIgh School Musical' Drama Club president Sharpay Evans played by Kierra Prentiss (far left) and 'new student' Gabriella Montez played by Marissa Murgolo (second from left) in the opening scene.

“HIgh School Musical’ Drama Club president Sharpay Evans played by Kierra Prentiss (far left) and ‘new student’ Gabriella Montez played by Marissa Murgolo (second from left) in the opening scene.

After three fundraisers and four months of rehearsals, the 45 student-actors of the ‘Middle Masques’ excitedly took to the stage for their first dress rehearsal of the Disney Musical “High School Musical” Wednesday afternoon at Riverhead Middle School.

It is based on the 2006 Disney television film “High School Musical,” which was viewed by 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast.

Performances will be in the Riverhead Middle School Cafetorium beginning 7 p.m. Friday. There will be a 2:30 p.m. show Saturday and 7 p.m. shows Feb. 8-9. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for each performance.

“The students involved in this production, both on stage and behind, go above and beyond to bring you a show that promises pure entertainment,” said producer Pat Skura, Riverhead’s secretary to the assistant principal. “Putting on a live production has shown them discipline, respect and made them realize that ‘we’re alll in this together’ and they have to keep their heads in the game.”

Riverhead Middle School teacher Edward Toll Jr. is the show’s director and Nadine Grreenberg is the musical director. In prior years they presented Willie Wonka, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Grease.

The characters are: Troy (Samuel Mancini); Gabriells (Marissa Murgolo); Ryan (Ryan Mancini); Sharpay (Kierra Prentiss); Ms. Darbus (Kamaria Harris); Coach Bolton (Daniel DiSalvo); Chad (Roy Vasquez); Zeke (Devin Pierristi) and Taylor (Ella Baldwin).

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