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Apr 07, 2021

RFH Student-Actors and Crew Prepare for Upcoming Outdoor Play

Female cast members follow choreographer Casey Stolowski’s lead in small group, socially distanced style on the RFH tennis courts. From left, behind Stolowski: Sarina Moore, Isabella Sciortino, Camryn Osofsky, Kate Kennedy, Hailey Blum and Sophie Barabas

While the auditorium at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School may not be full of the joyous laughter, singing, and dancing characteristic of the spring musical rehearsal period, the show will indeed still go on.

This year, in totally unprecedented fashion, the Tower Players will be performing “Emma! A Pop Musical” on an outdoor stage. This outdoor musical will continue to push the limits of traditional theater following the Tower Players’ virtual fall play. Over the past few months, the cast and crew have been vivaciously rehearsing at home and outdoors at school in small groups.

The musical follows Emma Woodhouse (Isabella Sciortino), a popular senior at Highbury Prep, as she attempts to find love for her shy best friend, Harriet Smith (Kate Kennedy), despite the protests of student and substitute science teacher Jeff Knightly (Aidan Herman). With music from iconic female artists such as The Supremes, Shania Twain, Whitney Houston, Katy Perry, and more, “Emma” brings a modern, Clueless-esque twist to Jane Austen’s eponymous novel.

The Tower Players are led by a team of advisors with diverse talents who are helping to guide the student-actors, designers and staff in accessing theater in new, creative ways. The group consists of KasiAnn Sweeney (director), Susan Schuld (assistant director/play production coordinator), Matthew Leddin (technical director), and Amanda Gorfain (musical director). Newcomers this year include Catherine “Kitty” Cleary (costumes director) and Casey Stolowski (choreographer), both of whom are excited to bring their own ideas on how to adapt live theater to function in these crazy times!

“Emma: A Pop Musical” is presented through special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. The show will run for two weekends, May 14 to 16 and 21 to 22, with a rain date of Sunday, May 23.

In order to prioritize the health and safety of the cast, crew and audience, tickets will be sold exclusively online, and all seating will be assigned. Tickets will be available for purchase at RumsonFairHaven.org in the weeks preceding opening night.