2019-20 Theatre Season Brings Classic Novel Adaptations to Steward Stage

Production schedule includes two musicals

By Kendall Shamus '20

At the end of the 2018-19 Theatre Awards Ceremony, Lower and Upper School acting teacher Craig Smith said, “We enjoyed producing two musicals this year, so we’re going to do it again!” The audience cheered in approval.

Read on to find out which shows Steward theatre has in store for you next year.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin — October 24-26, 2019

Released for amateur productions only in the past few months, The Steward School theatre department will be one of the first schools to produce the recent Broadway hit, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical.

In the style of Dahl’s classic dark humor, Matilda tells the story of a gifted young girl who is not appreciated by her parents or by the evil headmistress of the school she attends. Instead, she finds comfort in her wonderful imagination and in the care of the sweet Miss Honey, and learns to stand up to all her challenges in this witty, fast-paced musical. Mr. Smith will direct and has opened auditions up to students in grades three through twelve.

“As soon as the rights were available, I planned on appling to get them,” Mr. Smith said. “It is such an exciting title to do because we are one of the first schools in the country to do this show.”

The Outsiders, adapted by Christopher Sergel and based on the novel by S. E. Hinton — February 6-8, 2020

This story is well-known by many individuals who have faced adversity. The Outsiders is a wonderful portrayal of young people who find themselves in difficult circumstances but end up fighting to make the world a better place in the end.

The play dramatically shows the struggle between the “haves” — the Socs — and the “have nots” — the Greasers — and also portrays how, in the end, we really aren’t all that different from one other. Tough and gritty, yet at the same time heartwarming, this play is a wonderful and insightful show about real people and their struggles.

Mr. Smith will also be directing this show on the Steward stage. Mr. Smith loves the story of The Outsiders and the message that accompanies it. “This is more a story about coming together than pulling apart,” he said, “which I think is important in these times.”

Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser — April 23-25, 2020

Guys and Dolls is a classic American musical that has been called “the perfect musical comedy.”

Winner of the 1952 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Tony for Best Revival, the story takes place in 1950s New York city, where gamblers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit are trying to find a location for their weekly game of craps. When Nathan bets Sky that he can’t get a date with prim Salvation Army worker Sarah Brown, we’re off to the races!

Featuring classic songs like “If I Were A Bell,” “Luck Be A Lady,” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” we’ll lay odds that you’ll have a wonderful time at the theatre! Middle School theatre and Upper School public speaking teacher Susan Sanford will return to directing on the Steward stage next spring. “I am excited to direct because other than having seen it a long time ago, I really am not that familiar with it. I am excited to explore the material along with the students.”

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