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The LMK Drama Club is proud to present a virtual production of Adventures of a Comic Book Artist. The show is available for viewing from Thursday, April 15th @ 7pm through Saturday, April 17th @ midnight.  A link to the show will be posted on the District website starting April 15th at 7 pm.

This action-packed comedy tells the story of Stanley Leonardo Sappovitz, a janitor at Wonder Comics, who wants to be a comic book artist. Trying to save his company, the owner of the comic book company, Mr. Wunderman, buys pens with special powers that bring comic book characters to life.  Stanley, wants to impress Mr. Wunderman with his talent as a comic book artist, and draws his own superheroes with the magical pens. Adventure and hilarity ensue when Stanley’s characters come alive and confront the villains created by Wunderman’s staff artists.  The book and lyrics of Adventures of a Comic Book Artist are written by Pat Lydersen, with music by Wendy Woolf.

The Directors reflect on the process of preparing the virtual performance:  “Everything about this show has been influenced and informed by the pandemic. Rehearsals were conducted over Zoom. Scenes were recorded in virtual meetings. Songs were much more complicated, as each student recorded his/her singing individually in his/her own home, in front of a green screen. The performances were then stitched together, allowing cast members to occupy the same virtual space, even as COVID prevented them from sharing a real-world stage. COVID has knocked all of us down this year, in one way or another. This musical is the LMK Drama Club’s way of getting back up and moving forward.” The complete text appears below.

Tickets are not needed to view Adventures of a Comic Book Artist. Viewers may click the link to the production, posted on the District Website. The link will be available THURSDAY, April 15th @ 7pm through SATURDAY, April 17th @ midnight. Viewers may watch the performance at any time during this period. 

Adventures of a Comic Book Artist Program                                  

 

 

Meet the cast and members of the LMK Drama Club

Members of the Cast 

Brian Bannon Dylan Bouteneff 
Luke Castellano  Theresa DeRosa 
Evan Dill  Hana El Khoury 
Alexa Forgione  Andrew Gaffin
Atharv Gandhi Deniz Gunduz
Kai Hickey Ayumi Ito
Neeve Kenny Joey Lipple-Smetana
Gisel Lopez Sienna Madera
Kotoha Nomura Rosella Paniccia
Koen Reiff Charlotte Reville
Ronan Rinaldi Talia Russo
Josue Sanchez Ran Shigehisa
Lilianna Tesoriero Kendall Tuffarelli
Isabella Vasquez-Saines Jessica Vukel
Anna Youngstrom  
   

Members of the Crew

Romina Alban Madison DiFiore
Christopher Decina Dominique Ventriglio
Elita Robertson Jordan Dill
Leila Enaye  

 

Directors' Note 

As children, we grew up on a steady diet of Adam West Batman reruns and Justice League cartoons, so maybe it’s just nostalgia talking, but we think superhero stories are important for young people. You know the stories we're talking about- tales of a "nobody" donning a cape and fighting for justice. We find that transformation inspiring. It teaches all of us that we don’t have to be defined by the bad things that happen to us; we can rise up, overcome, and use personal tragedies to fuel a crusade to make the world a better place. It teaches us that being a hero starts with a choice - the choice to get up and keep moving forward when the world knocks you down. 

The performing arts have certainly been knocked down this year, and it may be some time before they find a way to fully get back up. Last year’s LMK musical - The Little Mermaid - had its only performance on the day that Broadway went dark; and while Broadway has not yet returned, we are lucky enough to be able to "perform" a musical for you this year, albeit in a very unconventional format.

 Everything about this show has been influenced and informed by the pandemic. Rehearsals were conducted over Zoom. Scenes were recorded in virtual meetings. Songs were much more complicated, as each student recorded his/her singing individually in his/her own home, in front of a green screen. The performances were then stitched together, allowing cast members to occupy the same virtual space, even as COVID prevented them from sharing a real-world stage.

COVID has knocked all of us down this year, in one way or another. This musical is the LMK Drama Club’s way of getting back up and moving forward. We hope that this virtual musical finds you and yours in good health, and we hope that next year’s show will find us all back in our auditorium, performing together for a live audience once again. As always, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting your students and the arts at LMK. None of this would be possible without you.

 Excelsior!

 The LMK Drama Club Directors

Chandana Neureuther, Artistic Director
Scott Test, Music Director
Jessa Vanherwynen, Choreographer
Stephanie Goldman, Technical Director