Magazine: BHS drama club among country's best
By KATHI SCRIZZI DRISCOLL
August 16, 2008
HYANNIS — Barnstable High School's Drama Club has another reason to celebrate as it marks its 50th anniversary year: It's been chosen one of five top school theater programs in the country by a national theater magazine.
According to club director John Sullivan, he was surprised when he received word Thursday of Stage Directions magazine's 2008 High School Theatre Honors Program and isn't sure who nominated BHS. Award recipients will be announced and featured in stories in the September issue of the magazine, which serves all levels of the theater industry.
Sullivan was told BHS was the New England winner.
In a press release on nominations last month, editor Jacob Coakley said a winner had to be "an over-achiever," not only staging "a dynamic, good-looking and entertaining show" but also laying "a solid foundation of theatre skills" for all students. Factors included number and size of shows, and the performing arts center.
The drama club marked its 50th year with a blockbuster, sell-out "The Wizard of Oz," "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (both repeated this summer with Barnstable Summer Family Theater) and "Fiddler on the Roof." "Oz" was chosen from a nationwide pool to be filmed from auditions to curtain call by Warner Bros. Studio for an Internet-only reality series. Sullivan says Stage Directions was unaware of the Warner Bros. project.