Northampton High School calls off musical

  • Marie Brown, who is directing "The Hedda Variations", talks to a group of students including Fletcher Soto, front, during auditions Thursday at Northampton High School.

For The Recorder
Friday, December 22, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — The curtain has fallen on Northampton High School’s popular musical this year following more than a decade of annual productions.

School and theater officials said scheduling conflicts are the primary reason they decided to cancel the show. The musical, traditionally held in the spring, was scheduled for the fall this year to allow the young actors in the program to participate in a popular spring theater competition.

Other issues also led to the cancellation, including concerns about the level of student participation and ticket sales.

“It is not something that anyone feels good about,” Principal Bryan Lombardi said.

The musical, which costs approximately $20,000 to produce, has been operating in the red for the last few years, relying on reserves from earlier successful years.

Marie Brown directed the previous two musicals at NHS, “Urinetown” in 2015 and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in 2016. She said scheduling was just one of the stressors facing the musical this fall.

“We just had a perfect storm,” she said.