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Fox Lane Players kick off dramatic season


By NATALIA BAAGE-LORD
SCOTT MULLIN PHOTO

Cast of “Zona, the Ghost of Greenbriar.”

 

After 35 years of professional theater, Ed Steele has spent the past eight years in the “best retirement plan ever” heading up Fox Lane High School’s theater arts program.

The Fox Lane Players — the school’s drama group — is a group of theater-loving students that was created roughly 15 years ago by the school’s current technology director David Gee. When Mr. Gee, then the theater manager, left the position in 2008, Mr. Steele was pleased to continue on as the Players’ theater director.

“What I want to give them is the notion, generally, about how integral theater and storytelling is
SCOTT MULLIN PHOTO

Joshua Safranek, a senior, as Judge McWhorter in “Zona, the Ghost of Greenbriar.”

 
to our culture,” Mr. Steele said, “and how important it is for us to continue to tell stories. That is who we are as people. We are storytellers. And that is the most important thing that I think that I can give them, whether they are technicians or actors. The story is the same. That is what we are doing. All the great notions that we pass on are usually passed on through stories. It is easier to teach through stories than it is to stand up and lecture people.”

From Friday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 18, the Fox Lane Players will perform “Zona: The Ghost of Greenbrier.” The play, written by award-winning playwright Jan Buttram, tells the true story of Zona Heaster Shue’s murder in 1896. In the play, Zona’s mother announces that she was repeatedly visited by her daughter’s ghost, who claimed that it was her husband who killed her.

The Fox Lane Players have been rehearsing “Zona” since early October, and were visited by Ms. Buttram. A friend of Mr. Steele, Ms. Buttram dropped by the school to speak with the actors about the play, helping to provide insight for their upcoming performance.

“Zona: The Ghost of Greenbrier” will be the Fox Lane Players’ second of six shows during the 2012-2013 school year. Last month, the Players performed a haunted house for Halloween. “Zona” is their fall drama, which is followed by a series of one-act plays in January. The spring musical will be followed by a student-directed production in May, and trailed by a year-ending talent show, which Mr. Steele calls an evening of entertainment as close to vaudeville as you can get.

“It is a pretty ambitious program overall,” he said. “We try to keep them all involved. I do not think I am going to develop professional actors, directors or producers, but later in life, when they go to the theater, they will know what goes into it instead of just being a blank page.”

In addition to their own showcases, the Fox Lane Players are also responsible for executing all of the technical duties at the high school’s May Lou Meese Theater. As a result, they not only produce their own work, but also that of others, learning about responsibility and the technical side of production.

“It is a good mix for them,” said Mr. Steele. “We do not want them to be departmentalized, meaning that, for example, one kid just does tech while he is here. I always encourage them to get on stage at least once so that they know the difference.”

While there are roughly 100 students in the program each year — not each students participates in every showcase — about 60 members meet after school every Wednesday to perform activities like improvisation and technical details, while also preparing for their upcoming shows and handling box office matters.

“They are very supportive of each other,” said Mr. Steele. “We have everything from the gifted children to kids who are just soaking in the atmosphere as much as anything else. But they soak up the atmosphere by learning how to run the power screwdriver and things like that. They love being around the activity. It is humbling to work with the young people. It is not about what they do know, but ‘what I do not know’ that is important.”

Students interested in joining the Fox Lane Players can contact Mr. Steele at csteele2171@bcsdny.org or by visiting the club at www.foxlaneplayers.webs.com. The group meets Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the May Lou Meese Theater.

“Zona: The Ghost of Greenbrier” will be performed in the Fox Lane High School’s Mary Lou Meese Theater. Friday and Saturday’s performances will begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s begins at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for students and $12 for adults, and can be ordered by calling 914-864-3499.


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