Veteran Waldorf thespians put on eighth performance |

Veteran Waldorf thespians put on eighth performance

The eighth-grade graduating class from Carbondale’s Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork will present the play “High Tor,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Maxwell Anderson, on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, at the school.

“High Tor” takes place in New York state on a mountaintop along the Tappan Zee River. Characters include the ghosts of shipwrecked sailors, clumsy robbers, greedy developers, a nostalgic landowner trying to stop change, and a Native American. The play includes comedy, music and drama. Although set in New York of the 1930s, the themes are current to contemporary time and place.

Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7 p.m., at the community hall auditorium. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. The Saturday performance also includes a dinner theater option, which includes a three-course dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner-theater tickets are $25 and available by reservation only at 963-1960.

Maxwell Anderson is considered one of America’s most noted playwrights for presenting social and moral stories. “High Tor” has been performed in verse and has enjoyed musical adaptations by both Stephen Sondheim and Kurt Weil as well as Anderson himself.

A 1956 adaptation appeared on television and starred Julie Andrews and Bing Crosby. It was the television debut for Andrews and the production is noted as the first made-for-TV movie.

The Waldorf production has been adapted by the school’s drama director, Stephen Moore, with original score by music director Valerie Lee. The lighting director is Doug Sheffer.

Each class presents a play each year at the Waldorf school. This three-act play culminates eight years of productions by this class of students, including Molly Dwyer, Riley Eaton, Brittany Fortier, Cecelia Hendricks, Tristan Kanipe, Grace Schultz and Brooke Sheffer.

The performance facility acoustics in the school’s new straw bale auditorium were designed for unamplified performance by children.

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