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Danvers Academy Theatre

Danvers High School Academy Theatre Presents Student-Directed Shows on May 31 and June 2, 2018

Evening of theater features “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” and “High School Musical JR”

The Danvers High School Academy Theatre (DHS ACTS) presents two student-directed productions, “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” and “High School Musical JR” on Thursday, May 31 at 7 PM and on Saturday, June 2 at 3 PM and 7 PM at Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road, Danvers, MA. General admission seating is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door starting a half-hour before the performance or may be purchased in advance online at (Please note that both productions are performed at each show, and there are no shows on Friday due to a scheduling conflict with another event in the auditorium.)


The performance begins with “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” a one-act dramedy by Bradley Hayward and directed by DHS senior Zoe Barham. Being a teenager is hard, and nobody wants to talk about it; this short play explores the gritty details of growing up, and the sometimes-tragic consequences of rumors and bullying. Then the scene switches to “High School Musical JR” (book by David Simpatico, music and lyrics by Matthew Gerrard), a one-act musical directed by Clea Matt ('19), Katya Grayton-Heinz ('18) and Trevor Hathaway ('19); music direction by Bella Burrell ('18) and Anthony Djoko ('19); and choreography by Sarah Welford ('19), adapted from the Disney film of the same name. Will Gabriella and Troy and their fellow students at East High “Stick to the Status Quo” or find themselves “Breaking Free” of fears and stereotypes? “Get’cha Head in the Game” and join us to find out!


Presenting these two very different shows in the same production allows students (and audiences) to explore the range of the theater experience, from tragic to comedic. Led by their student directors, a cast and crew of fifty DHS students has worked this spring under the guidance of Kyla Moulton (Director), Tracie Ewing (Technical Director), and Alex Grover (Music Director).


These student-directed shows cap the DHS ACTS 2017-2018 season, which included a production of the dark musical comedy “Urinetown” last fall, and performances of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the preliminary and semi-final rounds of the 2018 Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival. DHS ACTS is proud that its preview performance of “Curious Incident” raised $1000 in donations for the Understanding Cam Foundation. To start its 2018-19 season, DHS ACTS will present “Les Miserables” as its fall musical, with performances November 15 through 18. The third annual DHS ACTS fundraiser, the popular “Laughing Out Loud” comedy night, takes place November 10, so save the date for both events. Visit for more information.

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