Month: April 2016

Spring Musical: One of Our Best!


Photo by Tatiana Karram


The HHS Drama Club met with the success with the feature of their spring musical, ‘Carnival!’ April 7th-10th in the HHS Auditorium.

A well-chosen cast, spot-on special effects, and a lot of hard work turned this production into what director Joe Ross called “our best show yet.” Every character, from lead roles, such as Lili portrayed by sophomore Abigail McDonough and Paul portrayed by senior Devon O’Donnell, to the roustabouts and extras such as seniors Anthony Lipuma and Jessie Brown gave it their all every night. The department also featured their newest little star, Tibetian Spaniel puppy Chlöe Grillo, accompanied by her owner senior Angelo Lipuma.

Every carnival need some magic. That’s where senior Sean Higgins, playing magician Marco the Magnificent, came into play. His magic tricks and special effects kept the crowd in amazement and made the audience feel that they had been transported to a real-life European circus. And who could forget his lovely and sassy assistant, junior Cameron Dinulos, as the incomparable Rosalie?

The real kicker, however, was this production’s plot. With a storyline that was a bit more risqué than usual, the crowd was definitely interested as such dark topics were played out in a happy-go-lucky style.

Some audience members responded differently from others. One person was laughing at every joke, while another couldn’t help but cry from all the emotion.  Either way, it’s safe to say that almost everyone had an interesting experience at this show.

The attendance this year, on the other hand, was slightly smaller than usual. If you’re one of those people who couldn’t make it to this show, you certainly missed out!

Spring Musical: Sure to Be a Hit!

Carnival!The HHS Drama Club will feature this year’s spring musical, Carnival! on April 7th- April 10th in the HHS auditorium.

This spectacular musical follows the story of Lili (sophomore Abigail McDonough), an orphan who finds herself a job in a once-successful, but currently failing, traveling carnival owned by B.F. Schlegel (senior Ryan Taesler). Lili becomes caught in a love triangle between the charming Marco the Magnificent (senior Sean Higgins), a smooth-talking magician, and Paul Berthalet (senior Devon O’Donnell), a crippled puppeteer with a failing children’s act.

This musical, based on the classic film ‘Lili’, is a favorite of HHS director Mr. Joe Ross. “I’m very enthusiastic about this production; I think it might be the best thing we’ve done at Hopatcong. The singing, the acting, the orchestra, everything is terrific!” said Ross.

Special effects play a large role in this production; one can’t have a carnival without some magic. From optical illusions, to sword-swallowing sorcery, to disappearing ladies (yes, seriously!), one is guaranteed to be left in amazement by the end of the night.

 “One thing, though: CARNIVAL does have a few intense emotional scenes, and parents should be advised that this is not a show for the very young,” added Ross.

Admission is $8.00, while students and seniors pay $5.00. Snacks and refreshments are served throughout the show, along with the usual raffle tickets.

Shows begin at 7pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.