This most recent example of out-of-the-box thinking is coming from the School’s Drama Department, who wants to ensure that our High School Seniors gain this final chance to perform a live production before graduation.
The 38 students from the Drama Club (Grades 8 – 12) under the leadership of teacher Michael Batche (Advisor/Producer), has worked together with the District to propose and hold an outdoor live performance across three days on the Hopatcong Football Field. The performances will include live music and props that only an outside venue can provide.
Dates: June 3rd, 4th, 5th
Location: Hopatcong High School Football Field
Spoiler Alert: Performance contains an original replica of the Grease Car live on the football field.
Michael Batche (Advisor/Producer):
While working within the Hopatcong School District for the last 15 years, Michael Batche has implemented key experiences from his corporate background. His goal is empowering the students to take leadership roles within the group and to be accountable towards the overall production.
“These students pitched the idea to the School Superintendent for an outside venue, and just kept building from there.” Stated Michael Batche, “I’m proud to direct these students into leadership roles within the play as each one builds responsibility and ownership, regardless of their roles.”
Kerri Batche (Stage Director):
We started rehearsal early in January 2021 for this production. We knew that the first several months would only be over virtual means until we all can gather together. The virtual sessions have gone well with different characters in the play learning the lines, and the expressed attitude within the scene.
The students have loved this method of working together virtually until the snow melts and we can begin outside rehearsals on the football field.
Drama Club Directors:
- Michael Batche: Advisor/Producer
- Kerri Batche: Stage Director
- Kurt Zimmerman: Music Director (Pit Orchestra and vocals)
- Megan Nardone: Director of Costumes and Makeup
- Nikole Rizzo: Choreographer
- Jackie Turkington: Chairman/Hopatcong Drama Boosters Club
Over the next several months leading up to the production, watch for more interviews with the student crew chiefs, actors and some behind the scenes shots.
Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Joseph S. Piccirillo:
“I am really proud of these students. Since the start of the school year, the musical theatre students have been very proactive in meeting with me, Ms. Martinez, and Mr. DiBenedetto and brainstorming ways to provide a performance opportunity this year. Many students and community members were gutted when Guys and Dolls was forced to cancel last year, and we simply couldn't allow for something like that to happen again. I cannot wait to see Grease this year!”
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