Director Linda DeRosa-Coakley is excited. She is also busy. The new season for our AWHS Theatre Ensemble is in full swing. With her Assistant Director and Choreographer Kelly Donnelly and Technical Director Richard Martin, the 50 cast and crew members can be found in the school auditorium most afternoons practicing lines and crafting sets. The fall season opener is the popular classic, A Christmas Story and the curtain goes up on November 16th and 17th.

Each season, the challenge awaits. What show will have name recognition? What show will be suited to a high school ensemble? What show will showcase our students’ talents? With the selection of a Christmas Story, the directors feel they have answered all those challenging questions.

Rehearsals kicked off with the cast and crew watching the movie. Director DeRosa-Coakley wanted students to appreciate the “time period and language of the 40’s.” The look of the show is essential to the show’s appeal and the expertise of teacher Martin in mounting our shows in an authentic way never fails to amaze both cast and audience. What delights Director DC is watching the cast become a large extended family. The Ensemble is open to all AW Middle School to High School students. That mix of students only enhances the spirit of community found in the Ensemble. Assistant Director Donnelly is confident. She shares that “A Christmas Story is going to be a great production for the actors, crew and our audience.”