Rough Draft Receives Rave Reviews

Rough Draft Receives Rave Reviews

The Harrison High School Playhouse presented Rough Draft, an original full-length play written and directed by Harrison High School Junior Aidan Wohl. The Spring Play at Harrison High School is traditionally student directed. However, Rough Draft is the first time the play is also written by a student. Rough Draft is assistant directed by junior Michael Jubak, Jr., who also plays a role in the production.

Rough Draft tells the story of David Stein, a neurotic young writer, who sells his debut screenplay to a big-time Hollywood studio, and then is whipped into an eccentric world of fame, money, and egotism previously unfamiliar to him. But, as David is quickly pushed by his Hollywood peers into his new life as an up-and-coming star, he finds himself losing the family and friends back home that he once took for granted. With the trappings of his past-life on the line, David tries his best to return to normalcy, but is it too late?

For writer and director, Aidan Wohl, who has studied theater at the high school since freshman year, the play is somewhat autobiographical. During ninth grade, encouraged by his English teacher Leah Moore, Wohl decided he would write a play before leaving high school. Currently a student in the International Baccalaureate Theater program, Aidan believes that Harrison High School is the only place he would have had the opportunity to fulfill his goal of writing and producing a full length play.

From the beginning, Aiden felt the support and encouragement from other students, teachers, and administrators, especially IB Theater Teacher Nina Haberli, who told Aiden to “do his thing.” Knowing that he had the support of the HHS community gave Aidan the confidence “to be able to produce a play that was as honest as Rough Draft.”

When asked what he learned from the process, Aidan reflected, “How powerful the work of a group can be if you include everyone and let them all be a part of the process.” He believes the audience recognizes that positive energy and forms a deeper connection with performers on the stage.

The Rough Draft cast includes HHS students Peter Neureuther, Rachel Schmaier, Reis Halpin, Lorena Ramirez, Mia Altamuro, Dimitrios Gkinis, Drake Martin, Cameron McLean, Lucia Daher, Elizabeth Caragliano, Luka Gollub-Messiah, Angel Aguilar, Mai Blaustein, Ceara Kretzmer, Gianna Vukel, Tanya Reyes, Philip Schultz, Luka Safar, and Ana Abreu. A complete cast and crew list follows.

Performances took place on the stage of the Harrison High School Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th and received rave reviews from all who attended. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for their creativity and spectacular performances.

PHOTOS BELOW

CAST and CREW

Director....................…………………....Aidan Wohl
Assistant Director………………....……Michael Jubak Jr
Stage Manager…………………….....….John Carpino
Co-Lighting Designer……………….....Faith Ildefonso
Co Lighting Designer…....…..………..Ashley Medina
Light Board Op…….............................Faith Ildefonso
Asst. Stage Managers………………...Lais Siquiera, Angelina Fuca
Production Assistant…………………..Ellie Millard
Projection Operator……………………James McLean
Sound Board Operator…………...……Leila El-Azizi
Run Crew……………….…….…………Elle Fiery

David Stein..……......................................Peter Neureuther
Cleo Stoneridge………….........................Rachel Schmaier
Rick Samuels……....................................Michael Jubak, Jr
Joel Stein…………………………………...Reis Halpin
Margie Stein……………………............…..Lorena Ramirez
Shandra Tadala ……………………….......Mia Altamuro
Charlie Quinn………………..……...……....Dimitrios Gkinis
Dr. Engelberg………………………...……..Drake Martin
Rabbi Schmuel, Ben-Levi……………...Cameron Mclean
College Interviewer................................Lucia Daher
Rey Venue…..............................................Elizabeth Caragliano
Dee Molish…………..……..........................Luka Gollub-Messiah
Mo Neysucker…………..…..……...….……Angel Aguilar
Waiter………………….……………....………..Mai Blaustein
In-Vitro Doctor…………….………………Ceara Kretzmer
Assistant Director………………….....….Luka Gollub-Messiah
Savannah………………………...….……….Elizabeth Caragliano
Hodah…………………….………….…….….Gianna Vukel
NBC page……………………………....……Tanya Reyes
SNL Theme Voice……….………….……Angel Aguliar
Derek………………………………..………..Philip Schultz
Butterfly Ensemble, Film Crew……….Luka Safar
Butterfly Ensemble, Film Crew…………….Ana Abreu


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