On behalf of the Amherst Schools Staff, we wish our students and families a safe, fun, and relaxing summer!
What is the MLS Theatre Company?
- Important Documents
- Student Officers & Contact Us
- Thespian of The Month
- Booster Officers
- Holiday Carnival
- Drama Camp
President: Kayla Madden email@example.com
Kayla Madden is a 8 star thespian and is a Senior this year. In the last three years in MLS Theatre, Kayla has worked both on stage and behind the scenes. During her junior year she had the pleasure of co-directing a Winter One Act with Hannah Parson, assistant directing for Guys and Dolls, and being a State Thespian Officer. This year she's looking forward to working with the amazing members of council and returning to her job as State Thespian Officer. Kayla is looking forward to a great year!
Vice President: Olivia Parson firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia Parson has been in MLS Theatre company since her freshman year, and she is now entering her junior year. She promises to be a dedicated and effective vice president and she hopes to have a successful year!
Secretary: Becca Tocchi email@example.com
Becca is so excited to be secretary this year! She is a three star thespian and frequently does tech and acting. She was most recently seen in Guys and Dolls as a featured dancer. She can't wait for this year!!!
Business: Sam Gargasz firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Gargasz is excited to spend her junior year on Council. Her background in programs and house have given her the experience needed for the business chair. She looks forward to a year of excitement. Go Comets!
Publicity: Sam McQuate email@example.com
Sam McQuate has been in the MLS theatre company for the past two years, and she is a three star thespian. She has been a member of lights crew since joining the company and she has been seen on stage during Winter One Acts for the past two years as well. She is very excited to serve on council!
Historian: John Clayton firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnny Clayton is primarily an actor, but has done house for Winter One Acts. He has acted in Cheaper by the Dozen, Little Shop of Horrors, Seven Keys to Baldpate, and Guys and Dolls with the MLS Theatre Company. This is his first year on council and he is very excited to help out the company by being historian.
Social: Elizabeth Raider email@example.com
Elizabeth Raider is a sophomore with one year of experience in the MLS Theatre Company. She was the house crew head for Guys and Dolls and is now the social chairperson. She spends most of her time at theatre but outside of it she enjoys photography, makeup, and her dog Dusty.
To nominate a thespian for Thespian of the Month one must do the following
- Write a letter explaining why the nominee, who must be a registered thespian, deserves the award. Letters must be at least one paragraph long.
- Send your letter to any council member via email, or place it in one of their mailboxes.
President: Bryan Goldthorpe
Vice President: Laura Liaskos
Recording Secretary: TBD (Contact us if you would like to be recording secretary)
Treasurer: Tammy Lacey
Corresponding Secretary: Lisa Cooper
Community Relations Committee: Joann Perkins & Sandy Wolf
Ways and Means Committee: Kristen Wilbert & TBD (Contact us if you would like to be co-chair)
Theatre Gear Committee: Brenda Goldthorpe & Tara Williams
Holiday Carnival has already ended, and we all had a great time!
Holiday Carnival is our newest fundraiser at MLS Theatre Company! Much like our Drama Camp, this one day event shows your child the ins and outs of theatre. Children will get to meet Santa and have a photo taken, as well as many other fun activities. Click on the links below for more information, as well as papers that must be completed and returned. All important dates and times can be found there as well.
Drama Camp Information and Important Documents
Drama Camp is a fun, hands on experience for 2nd-8th graders interested in theatre. Taught by our very own theatre students, children will be immersed into the world of performing arts. They will not only learn about onstage performance such as acting and movement, but they will also experience the technical aspects of theatre such as costuming, set building, light and sound design, and all the other wonderful activities that go beyond acting.
Here are some notable Alumni of our theatre company, and where they are now in their careers.
I graduated from Steele and went to Ohio University where I majored in Journalism and minored in several things including Theater. I was really active in Theater there including running the student-run theater group Lost Flamingo Company and founding the improv group Black Sheep Inc. I graduated in 2006 after being named the Outstanding E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Senior in class of 2006.
I moved to NYC right after graduation to start a job with NBC's Page Program, which recently celebrated 80 years. I had several great assignments and then was hired full-time into the NBC News Specials unit and the NBC News Elections unit - both of which I still work in. My current job titles are Producer with the News Specials unit and Deputy Director of Elections.
I work primarily covering breaking news and big planned events. Over the years that has included events like the Royal Wedding, the Pope's Visit to the US, the Boston Bombing, numerous plane crashes, school shootings and terror attacks. It also includes politics - I've worked on multiple debates, conventions, Inaugurations and election nights. It never gets old!
For the past 10 years, Robert Savina has worked as a production designer for feature film. Film projects include: Burning Blue, Blowtorch, Fall To Rise and The Man On Her Mind (New York City), The Rig, Dark Circles and Jules Verne Mysterious Island, My Alien Mother, among others. His professional background has always revolved around the Arts. His formal training included 2 years in Houston as an assistant to scenic designer, Robert Howery. He received his BA/MA in Theater Arts from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and has taught theater at the University of Maine at Machias and University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
He was artistic director of Acadia Annex Theater Company in Maine where he staged Michael Dorn Moody’s The Shortchanged Review, The Fool, and SPILL. Robert also facilitated Liz Lerman’s Hallelujah Project that originated in Eastport, Maine for the millennium, Sarah Pearson and Patrik Widrig’s If Wishes Were Horses at the Portland Museum of Art, and Bates Dance Festival at Bates College. His produced plays include, Four Brothers, Wheels Over Indian Trails and Whiskeyville.
The New York Post called her a madcap mix of Ethel Merman, Lucille Ball and Bette Midler, her father called her a lazy piece of sh*t that would never amount to anything, you decide.
High paying jobs: WICKED, Madame Morrible, Tour; A Catered Affair, Broadway; Mamma Mia – Rosie, Las Vegas; 9 to5 – Roz, 1 st National Tour;
Low paying jobs: Into The Woods, Shakespeare in the Park/Delecort Theatre, NYC, Jack’s Mother; Old Jews Telling Jokes; Tales of the City, The Eugene O’Niell Developmental Program; Roadshow, the Public Theater; Shlemiel The First – Off B’way Skirball Center; Forbidden Broadway: Cleans Up It’s Act (Original Cast) and 20 th Anniversary (Original Cast); Splendora-Sue Ella Lightfoot, Chelsea Playhouse; I Will Come Back - Friend of Barbara, The Players Theater; An Evening with Joan Crawford - Ethel Merman; REGIONAL: Man of La Mancha – Housekeeper, Damn Yankees – Sister, Mae Peterson – Bye, Bye, Birdie all at Goodspeed Opera House; Nine, Papermill Playhouse, Schlemiel The First – Yenta Pesha, OKLAHOMA! - Aunt Eller; Hank Williams Lost Highway –Mamma Lilly; 101 Dalmatians - Cruella DeVil.
I’m paying jobs: Varla Jean Merman is The Bad Seedling - Christine (Lead) Tweed Prods.; Blood Orgy of the Carnival Queens; The Club – Bertie; Cabaret and one person shows: Jackie Hoffman & Kristine Zbornik Joe’s Pub; Holiday Hams Lead; Blow Up World; Ball of Confusion; Serving Mankind; Zbornik In A Trunk.
Created cabaret/one-woman shows for over 25 years throughout the universe.
Laurence graduated from MLS in 1975. Besides working on a few high school acting projects, he appeared in Sandstone Summer Theatre's Bye Bye Birdie and No, No Nanette. He went on to Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, where he obtained a B.A. in theatre and developed his acting skills in several leading roles including the title roles in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Tom Sawyer, as well as The Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz, El Gallo in The Fantasticks,Tom Wingfield in Glass Menagerie and Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple.
Moving on to grad school, Laurence was awarded a Bush Fellowship to attend the University of Minnesota where he received his M.F.A. and began his professional career with the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Then he went to New York appearing on Broadway in Amadeus as well as off–Broadway with The New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Institute, Equity Library Theatre, and the historic Provincetown Playhouse. He also performed in many regional theatres and on several television soap operas including All My Children, One Life to Live and
Loving. Eventually, he moved to Hollywood, California, and became executive producer of The Writer's Lab, working to develop quality scripts for the entertainment industry.
Laurence has been involved in arts education for over 25 years. He is also an internationally known poet and genealogist and the author of 10 books.
After a wonderful 4 years of theatre at MLS starting with Valerie Jenkins and later Dave Cotton, a show or two at Workshop Players, and 4 summers with Sandstone Summer Theatre, (approximately 18 shows).
I went on to Bowling Green State University my freshmen year as a theatre major. That year I broke the technical theatre professors heart when I told him I was more interested in acting than tech. He had big plans I think for me to go onto becoming a lighting director or a stage manager professionally. I loved both the actors life and that of technician which came from the necessity of having to do both in Amherst. It's always been such a disappointment that the community of my home town would never get behind a proper auditorium and arts complex. The only bright side of having to build a production from the ground up was exactly that...we learned how to create from scratch something that I now do daily in my work. It was at BGSU that I combined my love of theatre and photography and cinema together and put together a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication. The bulk of my television learning and experience came from working at the PBS station connected to the university. WBGU-57 (now channel 27) was truly where I learned the craft I make my living doing. I ended up taking more classes in theatre and photography than television because at that time the university's studio and equipment was ancient (alumni Tim Conway operated the cameras they had for us to use!) but the TV station was state of the art. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work for the best station in Ohio.
After graduation I worked in news for a short year, then at another PBS affiliate for another 5 years. After that I moved to Orlando where I began my life as a freelancer and started my company Summer Nights film and video. Next came the move to Michigan where I've lived now since 1992. This is where I call home but my career has not kept me home all that much.
My life on the road has been wonderful. I have been to Japan, Europe, all over North America. You name the subject, I have shot it, produced it or have worked on it in some way. I have worked with actors, athletes, politicians, animals, race cars, TV personalities. I have won an Emmy and numerous other awards. I have witnessed people at their best and worst. I am able to get the best performance out of CEOs, amateurs, professional actors and the man on the street because I have been on the other side of the lens. I am sought after for my ability to adapt, have the right camera and equipment, work with people on both large productions and two person crew where I light, shoot, direct and often do the makeup. That is where I guess not having had the ready made auditorium, creating the show from ground up turned out to be a good thing.
Through it all, I have my humble beginnings at MLS theatre to look back upon that gave me the wonder of the drama of life and the people who upon its stage. The world truly is a stage and we are but players.
Mark is a proud graduate of Marion L. Steele High School - class of 1987. Inducted into MLS Gallery of Success in 2015. NYU Graduate - class of 1991- BFA from Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Drama. Member of Actors Equity Association since 1991. He has worked as a professional stage manager for the past 25 years both on and off Broadway, at regional theatres, and on 2 National Tours. Mark is currently the Production Stage Manager of The Illusionists: Turn of the Century, which will begin performances at the Palace Theatre after Thanksgiving and of the upcoming Broadway production of Bandstand which is directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (Tony Winner as Best Choreography for “Hamilton” and “In The Heights.”) due to open April 2017. Other Broadway productions include: The Illusionists: Live on Broadway (2015), Holler If Ya Hear Me, Machinal (Roundabout Theatre Company), End of the Rainbow, Mary Poppins, Ring of Fire, Thou Shalt Not (Lincoln Center Theater), Miss Saigon, and Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom and Fiasco Theater’s production of “Into The Woods” at Roundabout Theatre Company. Found at Atlantic Theatre Company. Lincoln Center Theater: Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, In The Summer House. The Public Theatre: Woyzeck. National Tours: Phantom of the Opera, The Producers. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse: The Bandstand, White Christmas. A Little More Alive (Barrington Stage), End of the Rainbow (The Guthrie Theatre & Center Theatre Group). Ring of Fire (Studio Arena Theatre). Bristol Valley Playhouse. Events: Stephen Sondheim’s 75th Birthday; Into The Woods (10th Anniversary).
Booster meeting minutes will be posted here as well as important student forms, and the monthly GMM agenda.
The Marion L. Steele High School Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 3:00 p.m. at the CSU Wolstein Center!
On this week's Comet Conversation, Superintendent Sayers talks with Senior Kayla Madden and Junior Sam Gargasz about their theatrical experiences – and the possibility of a Dazzle Award!
Thank you to Daniel Hahn of Playhouse Square and Patricia and John Chapman for visiting Marion L. Steele High School on April 18th to present The Dazzle Awards!
On Tuesday, April 10th, Marion L. Steele High School will be administering the SAT to all juniors. There is NO SCHOOL for 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students.
Support the Steele After Prom by going the Chipotle Fundraiser on Monday, April 9th between 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Bring the flyer and 50% of the proceeds go to the 2018 After Prom.
The MLS Theatre Company presents Happy Days: A New Musical at Marion L. Steele High School from April 19-22! Please review the post for ticket information, times. etc.!
Please review the 2018 Spring Testing Schedule for Marion L. Steele High School. This year, most testing days will revolve around a blocked "A" and "B" schedule. We have eliminated late arrivals for testing!!
Check out the artist renderings of the interior of the new Powers Elementary School!
This week on Comet Conversation, Superintendent Sayers talks to Orchestra Director, Anna Ballmer, and Band Director, Chris Barbaro, to explain the many opportunities available to our high school students!
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and myriad interested bystanders. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
Director: Valerie Farschman
Tech Director: Pat Sanders
Assistant Sponsor: D. Justin Bilewicz
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Raider
Assistant Director: Olivia Parson
Set Crewhead: Hannah Harsany
Costumes Crewhead: Bovi Csubak
Sound Crewhead: Victor Ellis
Publicity Crewhead: Sam McQuate
Programs Crewhead: Sam Gargasz
Dramaturge: Natalie Knight
Props Co-Crewheads: Sarah Loder-Nicholson and Rosemary Stipe
House Co-Crewheads: Sarah Pando and Kennedy Wilbert
Lights Co-Crewheads: Sam McQuate and Becca Tocchi
Make-up Co-Crewheads: Katie O’Brien and Leanna Traster
Cast List for Radium Girls:
John Clayton: Raymond Berry, Dr. Harrison Martland, Photographer
Aurora Cupach: Sob Sister, Board member #2
Ethan Cooper: Dr. Von Sochocky, Fredrick Flinn PhD, Male Shopper
Carly Diaz: Mrs. Alma McNeil, Katherine Wiley
Jacob Fennell: Tom Kreider, Dr. Cecil Drinker
Alexis Goldthorpe: Dr. Marie Curie, Diane Roeder, Customer
Shawn Hammel: Arthur Roeder
Skyler Jackson: Mrs. Anna Fryer
Cian Liaskos: Dr. Joseph Knef, Reporter
Kayla Madden: Kathryn Schaub, Society Woman
Sophie Matos: Harriet Roeder, Mrs. Michaels, Shop Girl
Grant Miller: Store Owner, Clerk, Board member #1
Shane Schaeffer: Edward Markley, Venecine Salesman
Alex Torres: William Bailey, Lovesick Cowboy, Court, Board member #3
Savannah Williams: Grace Fryer
Aidan Woods: C B “Charlie” Lee, Elderly Widow
Becca Tocchi: Irene Rudolph
Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable "king of cool" Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures television series, Happy Days, A New Musical reintroduces one of America's best loved families, the Cunninghams -- yes, Howard, Marion and Joanie are here too -- to a whole new generation of kids and parents.The famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, Arnold's, is in danger of demolition. So the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. Even Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie's childhood sweetheart, returns to help and -- lo and behold! -- they rekindle their old flame.Happy Days, A New Musical, with amazing music from Oscar-winner Paul Williams and a book by the TV series original creator Garry Marshall, is perfect for regional theatres to perform. High schools can also perform the show with any number of cast members they wish. This show is so versatile it can be done with a full orchestra or just a piano! Return to the days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin' fun. This perfectly family friendly musical will have you rockin' and rollin' all week long!
- Auditions are from 6-9 p.m., from Tuesday February 20th to Thursday February 22nd. Callbacks will be held on either Thursday or Friday of that week.
- Anybody hoping to be in tech must arrive to fill out forms on Tuesday.
- If you are interested in participating but cannot make it to one of the dates, please contact Farschman or Sam Gargasz.
Auditioners must wear comfortable clothes, bring water, and have 16 measures of a song prepared with the necessary sheet music. A one to two minute monologue must also be memorized and performed.
Stage Manager: Sam Gargasz
Assistant Director: Grant Miller
Lights: Sam McQuate
Lights Assistant: Natalie Knight
Sound: Victor Ellis
Props: Mercedes Murphy
Props Assistant: Savannah Williams
Set: Alicyn Harris and Hannah Harsany
Costumes: Bovi Csubak and Kalie Pratt
Publicity: Olivia Parson
Dramaturg: Johnny Clayton
Make-up: Leanna Traster and Katie O’Brien
House: Olivia Parson
Fonz: Shawn Hammel
Richie: Jacob Fennell
Lori Beth: Jasmine Candelario
Pinky: Karen Bellush
Howard: Peter Dillon
Marion: Hannah Parson
Joanie: Helen Lewis
Chachi: Aidan Woods
Ralph: Cian Liaskos
Potsie: Andrew Phillips
Leopard Manny Moon: Andrew Smith
Wendy Moon: Alexis Goldthorpe
Roger Phillips: Aaron Glowacki
Marsha Phillips: Skyler Jackson
Count Malachi: Alex Torres
Jumpy Malachi: Shane Schaeffer
Arnold: Johnny Clayton
Louisa: Kayla Madden
Pinkette Lola/ Dance Captain/ Student Choreographer: Regina Wolf
Pinkette Tina: Rebecca Tocchi
Pinkette Chiffon: Leah Drost
Pinkette Lether: Ann Torkelson
Greaser Jesse: Rory Cupach
Ashley Pfister: Elizabeth Raider
Heather Pfister: Hannah Snowden