Seaford actors are clued in for inaugural drama


Seaford High School student-actors are getting ready for a new venture, the fall drama production. The performance of “Clue” on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 will be in addition to the traditional spring musical.

Drama Club members expressed an interest in adding a fall drama to their annual calendar and got their wish. Now, the ensemble cast of 11 students are preparing for opening night for the show based on the popular board game. Director Samantha Gates-Weber said that there are some students who want to act, without singing and dancing, and this gives them that opportunity.

“It helps showcase more students and spreads the word of drama club more because now there’s two shows and it gives up more chances to do what we love,” added Drama Club Vice President Erin Ortiz, a senior.

The cast includes Troy Tyznar as Wadsworth, Hailey Falta as Miss Scarlett, Ethan Goldberger as Professor Plum, Erin Oritz as Mrs. White, Dylan Malone as Mr. Green, Emma Baldwin as Mrs. Peacock, Kieran Calderaro as Colonel Mustard and Cassandra Kelly as Yvette. Additionally, Isabella Gerace, Theodore McComiskey and Erik Zhang will play multiple roles.

Erik, a senior, is performing in his first Seaford play after performing with the pit orchestra during last year’s musical.

“I was really inspired,” he said. “I said, ‘Wow, I really want to be a part of that.’”

Dylan, a junior, said he has always liked acting and decided now was the time after taking a theater elective class.

“I realized it was an experience I wanted to have before I got out of high school,” he said. “This will be a show where I can show that I can act.”

Theodore, a senior, has enjoyed meeting new people and becoming a part of the Seaford drama community.

Gates-Weber commends her student-actors for their hard work leading up to opening night. She said that much of the cast has only been in musicals, so this was a different experience and they rose to the challenge.

“They’re doing a great job,” she said. “It’s very different, a musical versus a play, because it’s a different way of acting, and different techniques for memorizing and performing.”

The first performance is an open dress rehearsal for local scouts and senior citizens on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. Full shows are Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows are $10 for students and $12 for adults and can be purchased at the door or in advanced by calling producer Shari Raduazzo at 516-592-4309.