Friday, November 11, 2011

a few final shots from rehearsal

Some more rehearsal shots

Rehearsal shots

Show week is here!

On Friday and Saturday evening, November 18-19, at 7:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Gales Ferry, We will present Edgar Lee's Masters Spoon River Anthology. In Spoon River, we are introduced in a cemetery to the ghosts of those who were inhabitants of the town and whose secrets have gone with them to the grave. There are sixty odd characterizations and vignettes in this constantly interesting entertainment offering an amazingly varied array of roles and impersonations, from young lovers and preachers and teachers to the chronicle of the poor mixed up soul that has ended up in the wrong cemetery. Both the sordid and humorous sides of life are portrayed, through fetching ballads, and the free verse form of Masters Poetry. The cast features ten actors playing a wide variety of roles and five musicians who sing and play guitar throughout the course of the evening. Tickets are $5 and they will be available at the door the night of the performance. For more information contact Russ Hammond at 860 464-9600 ext. 145.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Marriage of Bette and Boo at Waterford High School

On Friday, October 14, all drama students should plan on joining the fun, as Waterford High School Drama performs Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Mr. Hammond will cover your ticket cost. The plan is to meet at Waterford High School no later than 7:15 for the 7:30 curtain. Bette and Boo is outrageously funny but it is also quite mature. Please read a review or two of the show and make sure you have your parents permission to attend. This is not a Ledyard High School field trip. I am simply attending the show and would love to have all of you join me for a great evening of drama bonding and good theatre.

Plan Now to attend!!

The CT Educational Theatre
Association Conference

A Frightfully Fabulous Festival!!
Hosted by CT Troupe #6979
on Saturday October 29th
at Waterford High School in Waterford, CT

A day of individual Events -
- Workshops -
- Performances -
- Tech Challenge -
- College Scholarships -
- Coin Wars & Raffle -
- Lots of Spiders! -

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Congratulations cast of Spoon River Anthology

First rule of Ledyard Drama

Act well your part for there lies all honor

Second rule

There are no small parts only small actors

Read thru Thursday 2:30-4:00 in the auditorium.



Bob Ai
Nick Archibald
Melissa Billing
Alec Chattin
Amber Coombe
Ashley Giordano
Victoria Gordon
Sara Harvey
Patrick Lockaby
Forest Smith
Sarah Stryker

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Here we go!

Hello! Let me start by saying that I am excited at taking on the challenge of being Drama Director for Ledyard Drama. Having been Director of Theatre Arts at Lyme/Old Lyme High School for fourteen years, where I directed over thirty shows, I feel confident that, together, we can build on the already successful tradition of excellent theatre at Ledyard High School. I am also aware that change can be difficult and I am sure there will be a transition period as we get used to each other. Let's all promise to be open minded as we move forward and let's keep focused on our primary goal of bringing to life wonderful characters and telling wonderful stories. Our efforts should make both ourselves and our audience’s laugh, cry, think, and experience all the rest of the wide range of emotions associated with the human condition. Theatre is the exploration of life and ultimately it is the sharing of our findings with our audiences. I look forward to the journey.

Mr. Hammond

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DVD's of Scapin are available...we only have Thursday night. Please come and see Mrs. Gwin in the Nurse's Office to reserve your DVD!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

O'Neill Theater Center Junior Cabaret Program - 5/17 auditions

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center invites New London County residents ages 12-19 to audition for its Junior Cabaret program.  Junior Cabaret Fellows will have two weeks of master classes and performance opportunities alongside the O’Neill’s professional guest artists at the 2011 Cabaret & Performance Conference.  Students selected to participate must be available August 3-13, from 9am-10pm daily.  Due to the generous support of donors, the Junior Fellows program is fully funded and students will be provided with classes and meals at no cost.

 Auditions will be held Tuesday, May 17 from 2-6pm by appointment only.  Students auditioning should prepare a song to sing.  A pianist will be provided and if accompaniment is desired, students must bring sheet music to the audition.  Auditions will be held in the O’Neill’s Dina Merrill Theater with Cabaret & Performance Conference To schedule an audition, email Jill A. Anderson at

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Saturday, May 7 - Final Tech Day plus PIZZA!

Saturday, May 7th is our last Saturday Set-Building/Painting day to put the final touches on the tech-side of SCAPIN. We'll be there from 10 till at least 1 PM - and we will have PIZZA hot from the oven served-up to anyone who can join us and lend a hand. Pizza will be served on the stage for anyone who has helped work on the crew.

Take a walk on the tech-side and get a little lunch on LHS DRAMA.

Friday, April 29, 2011

LHS Drama Student Kyla Wingrove-Haugland will be at O'Neill Festival this May

Kyla Wingrove-Haugland (in fez) practicing for her role as the miser Gerante
in the upcoming production of SCAPIN with Melissa Billing as Nerine.
LHS Drama is very proud to announce that Kyla Wingrove-Haugland will be representing Ledyard with a short play included in The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 6th Annual Young Playwrights Festival.  The student festival is modeled on the O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference dedicated to new works for the stage.  A presentation of the plays on May 8 at 5 PM is free and open to the public.  Kyla originally wrote this piece for the LHS Drama project 6 IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST.

This year's line-up of works were chosen for development from among 109 submissions:

The End by Alma Doran, Fitch Senior High School;
Elevator by Brianna Matava, Rockville High School;
Facebook World by Sarah Riemann, Clark Lane Middle School;
Notebook by Kevin Schlink, Waterford High School;
The Truck Stop by Kyla Wingrove-Haugland, Ledyard High School

During the Young Playwrights Festival, student playwrights spend two days working collaboratively with a professional creative team consisting of a director, dramaturg, and actors to explore, revise and develop their plays, bringing their written words to life.  The Festival will culminate with a script-in-hand public reading of the students' work at 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 8 in the Dina Merrill Theater, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford; the performance is free and open to the public.

INFO: or e-mail Sophia Chapadjiev, Festival Director, at

Friday, April 8, 2011

Set painting and construction continues Saturday 4/30 & 5/7

We will be meeting from 10 to 1 PM  Saturday 4/30 to continue construction and painting of the set for SCAPIN and to set the lights.  We could use your help, and the help of parents or friends.  Please come dressed for work with closed-toe shoes and an old shirt if you'd like help paint. If you have a power drill or other hand tools, please bring them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Work Crew Sign-Up for SCAPIN

Thur, April 7 - Hannah & Grace
Sat, April 9 - Laura Forte
Tues April 12 - Kyla & Abby
Thur, April 14 - Hannah & Melissa
Tues, April 26 - Paige & Abby
Thur, April 28 - Hannah
Sat, April 30 - Justin
Tues, May 3 - Abby
Thur, May 5 - Abby
Sat, May 7 - Hannah

Also - any of the Saturdays, we could use as many hands as possible from 10 AM to 1 PM - well be building, painting and setting the lights.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Scapin April/May Rehearsal Schedule

Mon. 4/4   2:20-3:50   Full Cast  
Tues. 4/5   2:20-3:50   Act I; Sc 1, 2, 4 – Scap, Syl, Ocr
Wed. 4/6   2:20-3:50   Act I; Sc 3 – Scap, Syl, Oct, Hya; Act II; Sc 1 –  Hya, Zerb, Scap, Syl
Thur, 4/7   2:20-3:50   Act I; Sc 5, 6 & 7 – Scap, Syl, Ner, Ger, Arg
Fri. 4/8   2:20-3:50   Act I; Sc 2, 8, 9, 10 – Lean, Ger, Oct, Scap, Syl, Hya

Mon. 4/11   2:20-3:50   Full Cast
Tues. 4/12   2:20-3:50   Act I; Sc 11 & 12 – Scap, Syl, Arg
Wed. 4/13   2:20-3:50   Act I; Sc 13, 14, 15 – Lean, Oct, Scap, Syl, Ner, Ger, Act II; Sc 1 –  Hya, Zerb
Thur, 4/14   2:20-3:50   Stage Crew Meeting & work on set
Fri. 4/15   2:20-3:50   No Rehearsal

WEEK 8 – Spring Vacation
Work on your lines EVERYDAY!  
Mon. 4/25   2:20-3:50   Full Cast
Tues. 4/26   2:20-3:50   Act II; Sc 1, 2, 3 – Scap, Syl, Hya, Zerb, Ger
Wed. 4/27   12:30-3:30   Act II; Sc 4, 5, 6, 7 – Scap, Syl, Ger, Arg, Hya, Zerb, Oct, Lean, Ner
Thur, 4/28   2:20-3:50   Act I; Sc 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 – Scap, Syl, Arg, Ger, Ner
Fri. 4/29   2:20-3:50   Act I; Sc 3, 4, 8,  9, 10 – Scap, Syl, Oct, Hya, Lean, Ger

Mon. 5/2   2:20-3:50   Full Cast & Crew – Act I
Tues. 5/3   2:20-3:50   Full Cast & Crew – Act I
Wed. 5/4   2:20-3:50   Full Cast & Crew – Act II
Thur, 5/5   2:20-3:50   Full Cast & Crew – Act II
Fri. 5/6   2:20-3:50   Tech Check & TBA

Sat. 5/7   10:00-2:00   Stage- set-up – full crew and anyone who can be here!

Mon. 5/9   2:20-6:00    Tech Rehearsal – Full Crew @ 2:20 –
      Full Company @ 3:45 (no costumes)  
Tues. 5/10   2:30-6:00   Full-Dress Rehearsal – Crew 2:20; 3:30 PM actor call – Full Company
Wed, 5/11   6:00-10:00   Final Dress Rehearsal – Crew 5:30; 6 PM call – Full Company
Thurs. 5/12   6:00-10:00   Opening Performance – Crew 5:30; 6 PM call – Full Company
Fri. 5/13   6:00-10:30   Final Performance – 6 PM call – FULL COMPANY
      stay after to strike set & clean-up spaces

Friday, April 1, 2011

Set Construction & Painting continues this Saturday 4/2

We will be meeting from 10 to 1 PM this Saturday 4/2/11 in the auditorium to continue construction of the Scapin set and begin painting. If you can come lend a hand for a couple of hours, we would love to see you. 
Dress for work - shoes that cover toes, and clothes that can get dirty. If you have work gloves or hand tools like a hammer or power drill, bring those too.
See you!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rehearsal Wednesday March 30th is Canceled

There will not be a rehearsal for SCAPIN Wednesday, March 30th.  We will resume the posted schedule on Thursday.

Friday, March 25, 2011

No set building this Saturday

We will not be meeting Saturday, March 26th to build sets -- but will resume construction and painting of the set Saturday April 2 from 10 AM to 1 PM in the auditorium.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Set Construction starts this 3/11

On Saturday 3/11 we will begin set construction and costume search! We're meeting from 10 AM to 1 PM in the LHS Auditorium for anyone who wants to bring a hammer, a portable drill, or other implements of destruction and lend a hand!