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New Albany Theatre Arts has a HUGE year ahead and the staff members have been working hard all summer to prepare for our production season! From big splashy musicals like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to Shrek the Musical to our small intimate play, A Piece of My Heart, this year is sure to bring some amazing opportunities for our students. Check out our full production season and what our students have been up to this summer in this fall’s
Backstage Buzz Newsletter!

Impossible things are happening EVERY day

with New Albany Theatre Arts!

Amy Harpenau

Director of Theatre Arts

A Welcome to NAHS Theatre Arts… Where impossible things are happening every day!

NAHS Theatre Arts student Katie West performs at the International Thespian Festival
NAHS Theatre Arts students chosen for national and summer programs!

The Backstage Buzz
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Fall Edition, July 2015

2014-2015 Season

The Spotlight: Andy Hammond




In This Issue...

Katie West chosen to perform at the International Thespian Festival 2015

This June New Albany Theatre Arts rising Junior, Katie West was selected as one of 20 student Thespian performers from all over the country to perform on the Leid Center Stage and work with industry professionals to open the national high school theatre festival in An Evening With…The Music of Alan Menken.

Katie worked with and performed alongside Broadway professionals after an intense three day rehearsal period to prepare the show. The show was performed twice for audiences of over 4,000 student Thespians and professional theatre educators. Rising Junior, Juliet Gahan, also performed in the opening and closing number as a part of the international ensemble for the show.

A group of New Albany Theatre Arts students also spent a week in Lincoln, Nebraska taking acting and vocal workshops, seeing shows, and learning about college and career opportunities in fine arts. Students got to spend time working with industry professionals and meeting other peers from around the country who share their dedicated passion for theatre.

New Albany High School theatre has been to the festival dozens of times and has had a show selected to perform 9 times. In 2004, the troupe received the “Outstanding High School Theatre” award from the International Thespian Society.

The International Thespian Society is an honorary organization for high school theatre, much like lettering in athletics or being inducted into the National Honor Society for academics. This national organization is a part of the Educational Theatre Association. Students earn points for their participation in a variety of theatre disciplines including acting, tech, and design. Induction is held at the end of every school year and new members join NAHS Troupe #4051 every spring.

This Honor Society provides an opportunity for students to become strong leaders through holding board positions and working with the school student body to provide activities and community service projects. It provides a venue for college scholarships and participation in theatre on the local and national levels.

Katie West (center) in
An Evening With…

NAHS and FCHS Theatre Arts students at the festival in Lincoln, Nebraska

As a part of the newly established production company, New Albany RiverStage Productions, several NAHS Theatre Arts students were featured in NARP’s annual production, Grease. One of them, Juliet Gahan playing Marty, was featured in a principle role representing NAHS among 50+ students from the five surrounding area counties in this summer production. NAHS students involved spent the summer rehearsing and promoting the company’s show that was performed on the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater stage July 25th, July 26th, and July 27th.

June 2015 graduate Nick Johnson was selected to attend the New England Music Camp’s musical theatre program. In a select group of students from all over the nation, Nick will be performing as the Prince/Wolf in the musical Into the Woods this August. Nick will be working with theatre professionals from all over the nation and today’s current Broadway professionals for 6 weeks in Maine.

Rising Senior Jack Amend is currently attending the prestigious Interlochen International Summer Arts camp in Michigan. Jack was one of 40 students from across the nation accepted into the 6 week Musical Theatre Production program and will be performing in the ensemble of the musical "Crazy for You. Jack will also be seen in the Indiana All-State Thespian production of Footloose next January along with rising Senior Samantha Titus.

Rising Senior Lillie Weber was one of only 10 high school students to intern and perform at the Muny in St. Louis. The Muny, America's premier summer musical theatre, and Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, a national leader in training for Musical Theatre, joined forces to launch a summer program for emerging young artists. Lillie was seen in the ensemble of Hairspray!

NAHS Theatre Arts Students in National and Summer Productions

June 2015 graduate Tara Smith was selected as one of six students to travel to New York City to work on the world premiere of an off-Broadway production with the National Theatre for Student Artists. The play Expedition, is a full-length drama by Rae Binstock (Columbia University ’15) and is being directed by Alex Tobey (Carnegie Mellon University ’15). Performances will played at the New York Theatre Workshop’s Fourth Street Theatre in July.

Rising Senior Jareth Gaddis was selected as the youngest cast member in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville’s production of HMS Pinafore playing this weekend at Sullivan Auditorium.

NAHS Theatre Arts congratulates and celebrates these student successes and cannot wait to see what is in store for the coming school year!

The Spotlight

Stay up to date! Visit our Facebook page “New Albany Theatre Arts” or our website for the latest department buzz!

Andy Hammond is our brand new technical theatre teacher. Andy is a graduate of Evansville University with a degree in Technical Theatre. Andy has been working as a professionally trained and certified rigger and Technical Director prior to coming to NAHS. We are glad to have Mr. Hammond on the Bulldog theatre team!

Welcome to NAHS Theatre Arts

Mr. Hammond!

The Cabaret Series…

Musicals on the Silver Screen




Students should prepare one of the audition cuts provided. Music can be found by the Backstage Buzz Board outside of Ms. Harpenau’s room, D203.

Calling all parent and community volunteers!
Join us for our first Backstage Booster meeting on Tuesday, August 25thth at 6:15PM in the Tom Weatherston

Studio Theatre.
For more information visit our department website at!

NAFCS Theatre Departments Combine for

Harvest Homecoming Parade!
Look for our float featuring performers from Floyd Central, New Albany, Hazelwood, Highland Hills, and Scribner!

New Albany High School Theatre Arts

proudly presents...
2015-2016 Season!

Technical Theatre Teacher and Technical Theatre Director Andy Hammmond
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