13239388_971687179616258_4763373008871319092_n-2The Barnstable High School Drama Club proudly presents our production of one of William Shakespeare’s funniest comedies, “Twelfth Night. Join us for our show, where mistaken identities, romance, and bawdy humor play out at the beach, 1960’s surfer style!

The show will run May 19, 20, and 21 at 7 pm, as well as a matinee performance on May 21 at 2 pm.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

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BHSDC Presents “Godspell” in March!

by Amy Canaday on February 15, 2016

Rehearsals are well underway for our upcoming production of “Godspell,” and the cast and crew are working very hard to make this a memorable show for you!

This immensely successful rock opera needs little introduction, but when it was first produced on Broadway in 1971 it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. And yet it is something more… a demonstration of joy, and a celebration of the family of man. The cast are conceived as clowns, improvising scenery and costumes, and using many well-known theatrical devices, pantomime vaudeville and varied musical styles to interpret one of humanity’s greatest events.

– from The Guide to Musical Theater



Performances will be held on the following dates:

Friday, March 18 @ 7 pm
Saturday, March 19 @ 7 pm
Sunday, March 20 @ 2 pm
Friday, March 25 @ 7 pm
Saturday, March 26 @ 2 pm
Saturday, March 26 @ 7 pm

Tickets are now available for purchase on-line at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Almost, Maine

by Amy Canaday on January 15, 2016

Almost, Maine (December 2015)

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 and a “De-lovely” new ticket price for kids and students!

The Barnstable High School Drama Club this week presents one of the most famous musicals of all time, Anything Goes. The plot is frothy, the lines are witty, and the music exquisite. It’s the perfect spring pick-me-up after the snowy, frigid winter we’ve all had to endure.

According to the musical’s director (and BHS English teacher) Ed O’Toole, the BHS Drama Club last presented Anything Goes 40 years ago: “It’s a little different now; the book’s been updated here and there, and the order of songs changed a little form that version, but those Cole Porter songs are still the jewels in the crown.”

No exaggeration there: great songs pop up every time you turn around in this show: “It’s De-Lovely;” “You’re the Top;” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow’” (“a show-stopper, thanks to our choreographer, Laura Shea, and her team of tap dancers,” O’Toole promises); “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and of course the title song.

“We’re trying something new this year, with a reduction in ticket prices to just five dollars for children and all students with an ID. We’re hoping that even if the name is not as familiar to them as those of our last three musicals (Grease, The Little Shop of Horrors and The Sound of Music), they’ll still be inclined to give this great show a look-see.”

“And maybe come back to see it again!” chimed in a passing BHSDC member on her way to rehearsal.

The cast, crew, and musicians number well over 100 and include BHS students and faculty, as well as students and teachers from the Barnstable intermediate and elementary schools. Students are also designing, building and painting the sets under the guidance of the club’s Technical Director, Drama Club alumnus and mainstay of local theatre, Matt Kohler. Master carpenter Wally Seaver is back, too, and if you thought his staircase in last year’s Sound of Music was spectacular, just wait until you see his handiwork on Anything Goes. Costumes are being made by a number of the club’s loyal longtime costume-makers under the leadership of yet another Drama Club alum, Joan Macallister, whom O’Toole calls “invaluable.”

The club’s assistant advisor, Jeff Billard, who along with senior Chad Williams, also plays the comical plutocrat Elisha Whitney, was quick to agree: “There is no way we could do the kinds of shows we do without Matt and Joan.”

In a nice bit of symmetry, BHS Drama and Theatre Arts teacher Keith Caldwell, double-cast with senior Billy Lundy as disguised gangster Moonface Martin, is reprising a role he last played in his senior year at BHS in that 1975 production under the direction of Jim Ruberti. Caldwell said that he “was surprised that so much of what we did back then came right back to me.” Caldwell added with a laugh, “I guess Jim Ruberti made a greater impression on me than I thought!”

Also featured in key parts are BHSDC veterans David Palmer and Gabe Rourke as the charming Billy Crocker and Isabella Macallister and Jenny Griffin as the evangelist-turned-chanteuse Reno Sweeney. Supporting them are freshman Maddie Lamothe and sophomore Hannah Wolfe as the famous debutante Hope Harcourt; junior Saarah Murphy and senior Maggie Murphy as Hope’s upper-crust mother, Evangeline; senior Colton Bergal as the madcap Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; and sophomores Sarah Carlon and Maeve Moriarty as Moonface’s sometime moll, Erma.

O’Toole cites the team approach as the key to the show’s success: “Last year, we put on The Sound of Music with much of this same team and drew over 4,000 people. That success was such a tribute to the teamwork of the Drama Club and the BHS Music Department. We are lucky to have Marcia Wytrwal, Vocal Instructor at BHS, return as our Vocal Director, and Meaghan O’Connor, who teaches Symphonic Band and Music Technology at BHS, conducting the orchestra.

“This is not a simple score by any means,” O’Toole says, “but Marcia and Meaghan prepared for months before they began working with the students, and that preparation is paying off now. Despite six snow days, a snowy February vacation, and the challenges we face in finding enough time to build and rehearse on the PAC stage between Cape Cod Symphony shows, we are — knock wood — right about where we want to be in our last week.”

Choreographer and BHS math teacher Laura Shea is a new part of the team this year. “Laura loves this show: she’s been in it before and was eager to choreograph it,” O’Toole mentions. We put out the call for tap dancers and were overwhelmed by the response. Laura and the dancers bring talent and enthusiasm to every rehearsal. I think audiences are really going to be amazed by these dance numbers.”

Asked about the specific challenges that producing Anything Goes poses, O’Toole answers, “I don’t see challenges, really; I see opportunities for me and the entire cast and crew. I love the collaborative aspects of putting on a big show like this. I always tell the students that no one is ever ‘just in the chorus’ or ‘just in the crew,’ because in an undertaking as big as this, every single part of it must go right every time we do it. And that means that everyone’s contribution is a big one. And that’s what makes the payoff so special.”

If you loved The Sound of Music last year – and over 4,000 playgoers did – you’re sure to love Anything Goes!

Anything Goes will be presented in the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center at 744 West Main Street, Hyannis on March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7 PM, with matinees on March 21 and 28 at 2 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and students with an ID. Reservations are strongly suggested, and may be made by calling (508) 771-6246.

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The Sound of Music is here!

by Jim on March 18, 2014


The Barnstable High School Drama Club will be presenting The Sound of Music on March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29, 2014.  The appeal of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical spans generations, with  some recalling the legendary Mary Martin on Broadway in the 1950s, others Julie Andrews in the 1964 movie, and still others Carrie Underwood on the recent live television presentation. The cast, crew, and musicians, of the BHSDC, over 150 strong, ranging from elementary students to faculty members, are looking forward to being a part of that unique tradition.


BHS Drama Club advisor Ed O’Toole says, “The Sound of Music has become a cultural icon that everyone knows, and that we tend to take for granted, simply accepting that it’s great. But it’s more than simply a collection of catchy melodies and upbeat songs. The stage version contains two numbers that didn’t make it into the movie, and both capture the tension and the anxieties of the Austrians in the late 1930s, who were living under the looming threat of the Third Reich.


“Those songs, while certainly not as bitter as some of the songs in a musical like Cabaret, are tinged with a grimsense of reality,” O’Toole says. Assistant director Matt Kohler, a Drama Club alumnus (Class of ’08), remarked, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s shows are not all lollipops and moonbeams, and this show is no exception. There are a few frightening moments on that stage that remind us of a harrowing time in history.”


As usual, the BHS Drama Club relies on a stalwart group of regulars behind the scenes for everything from costumes to construction. However, this year, in a change that O’Toole calls “a great step forward,” the BHS Music Department is working hand-in-hand with the Drama Club. BHS music teacher Marcia Wytrwal is serving as Vocal Director and David Schroeter, Barnstable Schools Music Director, will be conducting the orchestra, which includes 41 BHS music students.


 “Marcia and Dave are the backbone of the show,” O’Toole says. “The kids love them, and all they do is work hard and then keep working even harder. Their dedication is a great example for the students. This kind of collaboration within the school is a great advantage we have here.


“There’s a real buzz about this show,” O’Toole added, noting that “we started getting reservations about a month ago, and more are coming in every day. We can’t wait to see everyone there.”



The Sound of Music opens March 20 at 7 PM.  Other performances are on March 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7 PM and March 22 and 29 at 2 PM. All seats are $10.  Reservations are definitely recommended and can be made by calling the Barnstable High School Drama Club at (508) 771-6246.

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Change in Audition Time

December 31, 2013

Please note this update. This is a change from what we previously announced.  Auditions for the roles of the children — Gretl, Kurt, Marta, and Brigitta — will be held on Wednesday, January 8 from 5-8 PM. Hope to see you there!!

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The Sound of Music: Live at BHS!

December 20, 2013

The announcement so many were awaiting came this week! It’s official! The BHSDC will present The Sound of Music, the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, with shows slated for March 20-22 and 27-29 at 7 PM, and matinees on March 22 and 29 at 2 PM. The show will be directed by Mr. O’Toole, who will […]

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BHSDC Unveils World Premiere (in English, anyway!)

November 16, 2013

It isn’t often that a high school drama club unveils a world premiere, but that seems to be the case for the Barnstable High School Drama Club, which is presenting the first-ever theatrical presentation of a movie classic, 1940’s The Shop Around the Corner. “Well, the world premiere in English, anyway,” Drama Club advisor Ed […]

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Come to the 31st Annual Haunted House: Grim Fairy Tales!

October 18, 2013

Join us if you dare! The legendary Barnstable High School Drama Club’s Haunted House opens this weekend! Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are 10 dollars each. Prepare for a scare, remember our motto: “If the kids don’t leave crying, we’re not doing our job!” The Haunted House opens on October 18th. Shows continue on October […]

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New Night, Same Merriment!

July 13, 2013

With many of the double-cast actors making their debut in our second performance of “Journey to Storyland,” the Knight Theatre was full of Opening Night vibes once more! An even bigger crowd than we had Thursday night was just as receptive and appreciative of the humor and creativity of the play and the antics of […]

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