Winterfest: A Month of Drama (and more!) at Lawrenceville

Posted: February 1, 2013

Lawrenceville's student-directed performing arts festival, Winterfest, will bring a month of drama (the good kind!) and music to campus throughout February. Lawrentians will perform 16 short plays, "The Importance of Being Earnest," a Broadway cabaret evening, and a spectacular Second Form presentation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

"Winterfest is an exercise in grit, determination, and creativity," explained Chris Cull, chair of the School's Performing Arts department.

Cull provides budding directors with a catalog of more than 100 plays from which to select. Students are welcome to present material of their own choosing, but it must be appropriate for a PG-13 audience. Actors spend an evening auditioning for the directors, who submit top cast choices to Cull and Winterfest Producer Taz Brown '13. The duo makes the final casting decisions.

"The hardest thing is making sure that everyone is happy," said Brown. "Directors want their first choice of actors, actors want to work with specific directors, but that can't always happen. I haven't gotten any complaints this year, so I think we did a good job."

The sheer number of Winterfest plays allows dozen of Lawrentians a chance to shine, both in and out of the limelight. Numerous students tackle the duties of the Technical Crew and learn everything from set and lighting design to sound engineering. Brown, a "techie" at heart, enjoys watching productions magically come together after weeks of work. "I appreciate when something the audience might overlook, like a smooth transition between scenes, goes smoothly."

Shakespeare aficionados will have the double pleasure of seeing the Bard's "Julius Caesar" on stage and catching a glimpse of the School's future starts making their Lawrenceville debuts. The all-Second Form production gives the newest Lawrentians a chance to try their hand at theatre. "It's something that started out very small, maybe three students and three techs. Now we have 20 actors and 20 techs."

The Music Cabaret will feature Lawrenceville students performing a host of Broadway favorites. "It's really going to be a fun evening," said Cull.

Winterfest shows are open to the public, free of charge.

Winterfest Schedule

February 1-2, 7:00 p.m./Kirby Arts Center Black Box

"One Minute Play," directed by Ray Petes

"Just Be Frank," directed by Lauren Schaffer and Dominique Doonquah

"How to Speak Man," directed by Zachary Campbell

"Revenge," directed by Jeremy Berman

"The Whole Shebang," directed by Shaili Babbar, Celia Adinoff, and Sam Essig

"Harbingers of Turpitude," directed by Justin Parratt

"Shadow Day," directed by Maya Peterson

"Finger Food," directed by Kim Corcoran

February 2, 9:15 p.m. & February 2, 2:00 p.m./Kirby Arts Center Black Box

"One Minute Play," directed by Ray Peters

"Check, Please," directed by Naina Sahrawat

"The Last Hat," directed by Cara Washington

"Family names," directed by Elijah Sumners

"The M Word," directed by Alice Yang

"On the Porch One Crisp Morning," directed by Janice Luo and Chandler Huggins

"Another Beautiful Story," directed by Ben Woodley

"Ferris Wheel," directed by Sabine Pallat

February 7-8, 7:00 p.m./Kirby Arts Center Black Box

"The Importance of Being Earnest," directed by Helen Chen

February 15, 7:00 p.m./Clark Music Center

Broadway Cabaret

February 22, 7:00 p.m./KIrby Arts Center Black Box

(performance open only to current Lawrenceville Second Form students)

"Julius Caesar," directed by Performing Arts Master Matt Campbell

February 23, 7:00 p.m./Kirby Arts Center Black Box

"Julius Caesar," directed by Performing Arts Master Matt Campbell

For additional information on all Lawrenceville School news, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of public relations, at

Posted: February 1, 2013

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