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Director and Theater Teacher

Stafford High School

Drama Teacher

Stafford High School

Drama Teacher

Stafford

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"We typically do one musical per ...

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"We typically do one musical per year, and our shows just keep getting bigger and better," said Michael D'Addario, director and theater teacher at SHS.

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"Oftentimes when this show is done, you look at it and it's just red, yellow, blue--the primary color palette," said D'Addario. "We've tried to find unique shapes and textures and a unique palette of colors.
"We've found our own unique take of the visuals and the story to make it unlike any other production."
D'Addario had his cast perform before nearly 400 area elementary school students. He thought the youngsters would be a perfect test audience for the fun, bright story line.
"They're about as honest as an audience can get," laughed D'Addario. "If they love it, we're pretty sure everyone will."
Aside from generating laughs and smiles over the next few days, D'Addario has found immense joy in seeing his young and seasoned actors develop throughout this production.
"It's really been a journey seeing them all work so hard," he said.


"We didn't just want this to ...

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"We didn't just want this to be about the theater department," Micheal D'addario, drama teacher at Stafford High School, said. "We tried to make it something that everyone could find a place to participate in."

To pull off a production like "Pippin"--which features a wide spectrum of different time periods--D'addario relied heavily on various departments within the school.
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Not to mention the 25 students who will be acting in the production--one which D'addario chose specifically in order to allow the spotlight to shine on a large cast.
"I wanted the students to have a chance to develop a principal character that had an integral role in the play," D'addario said.
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"We've tried to keep the theatrical, playful elements while ensuring that it's a play that contemporary high school students can perform," D'addario said.


Michael D'Addario, drama ...

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Michael D'Addario, drama teacher at Stafford and the production's director, says it combines all the delicious elements of the classic murder "whodunit"--a dark and stormy night, a group of people gathered in an aristocratic home and a murderer among them.

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"There are secret panels in the walls and bodies falling out of closets," D'Addario said. "It's got all of the classic elements, with the twist of it being a comedic farce."
D'Addario found the script in a catalog of plays recommended for high school students--but said it drew his attention because it's more smartly written than the majority of plays for this age group. The wit and humor of the script also attracted him.
"That's the biggest thing I wanted," he said.


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"We're really going to be relying on, hopefully, the community coming together to support us in raising the funds for this trip," said Stafford High drama teacher and "A Fable" director Michael D'Addario.

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The 45-minute play includes humorous and dark scenes, and explores our place in a modern society that increasingly distances us from our roots in nature, D'Addario wrote in an email.
He hopes to raise some money for March's trip through the drama department's performance of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a musical, at 7 p.m. at Stafford High School on Dec. 8, 9 and 10. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students, children and senior citizens.
The drama team also plans to hold a benefit performance of "A Fable" at Riverside Dinner Theatre sometime in February.
"These kids are a pretty tight-knit group," D'Addario said.
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D'Addario called it a "prestigious honor" and says he thinks they have a shot at winning.
"They earned it," he said.

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