This is not the first time the North Haven High School Drama Club has had to deal with opening night cancellations. The club’s production of Ramshackle Inn was supposed to premiere last night, but Hurricane Sandy forced a delayed opening.
“Last year we had a snowstorm and the school’s generator was out, which delayed our opening night,” said Scott Bonito, the club’s supervisor and producer of Ramshackle Inn. “And when I was in high school, we had to cancel a show due to a blizzard, but this is the first time we’ve been postponed because of a hurricane.”
Despite the unscheduled interruption, students involved are ready to go. Bonito said there are about 30 to 35 students involved in the play – the first of three for NHHS Drama Club in the 2012-13 school year.
“Everything production-wise is done and kids are doing a great job,” said Bonito. “We’re looking forward to a really great show despite sandy’s push-off of opening night. From what I saw today, they looked phenomenal.”
The club follows the fall play with a winter musical and another spring production. Kathryn Grassi is directing Ramshackle Inn with Bonito producing and the pair will switch off duties for the musical. Emily Robinson is the student assistant director with Andy Cirioli as the production assistant.
“It’s nice that there’s two of us because it gives us the opportunity to get more shows up and it gives us a good balance,” said Bonito.
The students are very involved with the entire production, according to Bonito, who said the director gives a rudimentary set design, but the students take it from there, constructing the set on their own. While English teacher Dan O’Brien lends a hand to lighting and sound design, Bonito says that when the curtain goes up, “the students run the show.”
What You Need to Know
Who: North Haven High School Drama Club
What: Ramshackle Inn
Where: NHHS Auditorium
When: Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 students, available at door
About the show: According to a press release, “Ramshackle Inn is the story of an old maid librarian who has saved her money for twenty years, in order to buy a hotel where she can meet interesting people. She purchases a strange tumbled-down place near the ocean, and gets what she bargains for—plus a good deal. The imperturbable librarian encounters ghosts and secret trunks, wanders through mysterious situations and thunderstorms, meets with drama and comedy, the living and the dead, and somehow manages to emerge at the end none the worse for her extraordinary experience.”