Win a Pair of Tickets to Drood!

Are you as excited as we are for the opening of BHS Drama’s “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”? Let’s be real – how many musicals let the AUDIENCE vote on the ending? (The answer is ONE – Drood!)

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If you’ve been checking out this shady lookin’ bunch of suspects and trying to figure out who killed Drood, then don’t miss this chance to win a pair of tickets to see the mystery unfold. That’s right – with just a few clicks & shares you can join in the fun for FREE!

TWO lucky winners will be selected to win a pair of free tickets each to the performance of your choosing!

All you have to do to be entered into the giveaway is:

1) FOLLOW @bhsdramasociety on Twitter

2) TWEET about the giveaway using the hashtag #bhsdroodgiveaway and mention @bhsdramasociety

Two winners will be selected at random.



Giveaway Rules/Guidelines:

1) TWO winners will be selected at random & notified via Twitter. Each winner will receive TWO free tickets.

2) Winners will† need to provide an email address to arrange ticket reservations. Winners will be able to reserve seats in advance and pick tickets up at the door. You can use your two free tickets at any of the three performances (December 6th @ 7pm, December 7th @ 7pm, December 8th @ 2pm).

Drood Cast List

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

Cast List

Chairman/Mayor Thomas Saspea: Dominic Crisonino

James Throttle, Stage Manager: Stephen Hladik

Clive Paget/John Jasper: Nick D’Amato

Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood: Danielle Baran

Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud: Marygrace Smith

Angela Prysock/Princess Puffer: Alisa Soto

Janet Conover/Helena Landless: Samantha Kobryn

Victor Grinstead/Neville Landless: Andy Winters

Cedric Moncrieffe/Reverend Crisparkle: Connor Rooney

Phillip Bax/Bazzard: Jeremiah Bryant

Nick Cricker, Sr./Durdles: Gavin Mele

Nicole Cricker, Jr./Deputy: Veera Mantyla

Wendy: Deja Baret

Beatrice: Meg Winters


Company Members:

Vittoria Orlando

Amir Masoud

Michael Perez

Kirsten Ayala

Amanda Larkin

Marina Martinez

Caylen DeJesus Enriquez

Kaylee Higgins

Laura Morrell

Marlena Jefferson

Cashmeisha Johnson

Cristina Casais

Bella Santasieri

Carmela Trapp

Nadeen Kamel

Jeremy Frigerio

Nicholas Carone

Christina Rivera

Fernanda Figueroa

And the BHS Dance Company

Description of Roles

The actors in this production have two parts: their actor-self as a member of the Music Hall Royale, and the part they play in the Music Hallís production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In the descriptions below, the acting company member is listed first, with the Drood role second.

All characters have British accents Ė variations like Cockney, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, etc. are fine as well.

Chairperson/Mayer Thomas Saspea: The leader of the music hall troupe. The Chairperson carries the majority of the dialogue and must be quick with a joke and able to improvise. He is in charge of keeping the pace of the show moving. Can be played by either a man or a woman. Bari-tenor.

James or Joyce Throttle, Stage Manager: The stage manager helps to keep the Chairperson on track throughout the play.

Clive Paget/John Jasper: The Royaleís male lead, a devilishly attractive cad, and knows it. In Drood, he is the baddie. Choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral, and uncle of Edwin Drood. In love with Rosa Bud. Madness lurks beneath a smooth exterior. Strictly speaking, a suspect, but didnít do it. Bari-tenor.

Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood: Prima donna and Londonís leading male impersonator, charming but, as you might expect, with determination and a lot of ego. Must command the stage. As Edwin Drood she is an attractive, rich and popular young man who has everything. The victim. Mezzo.

Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud: The not-so-innocent ingťnue of the Music Hall Royale, Deirdre portrays the love intrest of Drood, the young, beautiful and apparently fragile Rosa Bud. She is betrothed to Edwin Drood, the only man who isnít in love with her. A suspect in his murder. Soprano.

Angela Prysock/Princess Puffer: Angela has been a favorite of London audiences forever, a staple of the stage. As the mysterious Princess Puffer, Madam, opium dealer and general purveyor of vice of all kinds, she is glamorous in her ruin. A suspect. Alto.

Janet Conover/Helena Landless: Janet is a long-standing member of the troupe, asked to play the mysterious Helena Landless who hails from a mysterious foreign colony not unlike India. Will need to switch between her British accent and a ďgeographically untraceableĒ approximation of an East Asian accent. Another suspect. Mezzo. Strong ensemble singer.

Victor Grinstead/Neville Landless: Victor is enjoying his premier performance with the Music Hall Royale. His character, Neville, is Helenaís brother and suffers from the same ďgeographically untraceableĒ approximation of an East Asian accent. Falls for Rosa Bud, falls out with Edwin, and is therefore another suspect in the murder. Very passionate and often angry. Tenor. Strong ensemble singer.

Cedric Moncrieffe/Reverend Crisparkle: This troupe member is a bit of an open book who plays an archetypal vicar, who is also a bit of a lurker, and was in love with Rosaís mother. A suspect. Bari-tenor.

Phillip Bax/Bazzard: Devotee of the theatre, the everlasting understudy, who finally gets his moment. May have quite a major part if the evening turns out that way. A sad sort of clown. In his role as Bazzard, he is often an audience-favorite suspect. Very capable of stealing the show. Bari-tenor.

Nick Cricker, Sr./Durdles: ďClown Prince of the RoyaleĒ who makes the most of every line and plays the drunken sexton in Drood. Gets to announce the murder. Baritone or tenor.

Nick or Nicole Cricker, Jr./Deputy: Boy or girl, Crickerís son or daughter. As the Deputy, the lowest in the pecking order, and very funny. Any voice range.

Wendy and Beatrice: Drawn from the company, these characters are contemporaries of Rosa Bud who sing a fabulous quartet with Rosa and Helena in Act I as well as participating in the rest of the company goings-on.

Company Members: Takers of small parts in the Drood, but along with other non-suspects, these will be important characters throughout, taking much of the responsibility for making the audience participation work, and working individually with sections of the audience. In addition, these characters are vital in creating the atmosphere of the touring theatre company. Lots of scope for creation of individual characters.

Announcing Auditions for The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Now Announcing Auditions for

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

All Bayonne High School students are encouraged to audition!

Auditions are Monday, September 9th from 3:00 – 6:00

Possible callbacks Tuesday, 9/10

Prepare a solo from standard musical theater repertoire – to be performed from memory. Provide piano sheet music if possible.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Based upon the final novel of Charles Dickens, left unfinished before his death, Drood is a hilarious, exciting musical story where the audience picks the ending! Drood was the first Broadway musical ever written with multiple endings, chosen by the audience in a live vote at each performance. Click here for a synopsis and more info.

Performances are December 6th, 7th and 8th

BHS Summer Fine & Performing Arts Camp Presents: 13 the Musical

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming performance of 13: A grown-up story about growing up!

When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. Easier said than done.

The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.

With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.


Performances are:

Friday, July 27th at 7PM

Saturday, July 28th at 7PM

Sunday, July 29th at 2PM

Get your tickets here!


Auditions Are Coming up for the Summer Fine & Performing Arts Workshop!

Bayonne High School Drama Society Announces Auditions
for the Summer Fine & Performing Arts Camp

Auditions and Interviews will be held on Tuesday, May 29th from 6PMto 8PM
in the Alexander X. O’Connor Auditorium at Bayonne High School. Please enter
through door 22, on the tennis-court side.

The Bayonne High School Department of  Art, Music and Drama is pleased to present a Summer Fine & Performing Arts Camp in July of 2012.

The camp will run from Monday, July 2nd through Tuesday,
July 31st.

Daily classes will be offered in:
‚ÄĘ Acting

‚ÄĘ Dance

‚ÄĘ Vocal Technique

‚ÄĘ Painting & Drawing

‚ÄĘ 3-D Design

‚ÄĘ Ceramics

‚ÄĘ Instrumental Music

Students ages 8 to 18 are eligible to participate. Classes will be grouped according to

Students enrolled as performing arts participants will produce the musical AIDA, by Elton John & Tim Rice, with performances on July 27th-29th.

Fine Arts students will have a gallery showing of their work on July 30th & 31st.

Camp tuition is $500. (Families with multiple children enrolled will receive a
discounted rate.)

Auditions and Interviews will be held on Tuesday, May 29th from 6PMto 8PM
in the Alexander X. O’Connor Auditorium at Bayonne High School. Please enter
through door 22, on the tennis-court side.

Performing Arts Students:

Prepare to perform a song from memory, from a Broadway
musical. Be prepared to dance.

Fine Arts Students:

Bring a portfolio of their work- not mandatory- and
be prepared for a brief interview.

About “Into the Woods”

On April 20th, 21st & 22nd, BHS Drama Society will present a Student, Faculty, & Alumni production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical, “Into the Woods”.

Whether or not you are familiar with the musical, everyone knows the familiar fairy tale characters that make up the cast. The story of Cinderella and Prince Charming, complete with her wicked step-mother and step-sisters, meets the tales of Jack & the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood (and the wolf!), and Rapunzel. A ‘childless Baker’ and his Wife set out on a quest into the woods to attempt to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child. The pair must find the following ingredients:

A cow as white as milk

A slipper as pure as gold

A cape as red as blood

Hair as yellow as corn

The curse was placed by the Witch, who promises to reverse the curse when all four ingredients are found.

A fast-paced and suspenseful adventure deep within the woods takes many twists and turns as the characters attempt to get what they wish for and find their ‘Happily Ever After’- including the consequences of these wishes, that traditional fairy tales conveniently ignore. In Act Two, all of the characters must deal with what happens AFTER “Happily Ever After.” As they face a genuine threat to their community, they realized that all actions have consequences, and their lives are inescapably interdependent, but also that interdependence is their greatest strength.

(Synopsis adapted from


The powerful message within Sondheim’s Into the Woods is presented through incredible music & lyrics that weave an exciting, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, adventure!

The Cast (in order of appearance):

Narrator                                              Mark Squitieri, Sr.+

Cinderella                                           Sarah Martinez*

Jack¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Nick D’Amato*

Baker                                                    Dave Murray++

Baker’s Wife¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Laura Bassett+

Cinderella’s Stepmother¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Eldora Martinez**

Florinda                                               Amanda Rosati*

Lucinda                                                Jessica Scrozynski*

Jack’s Mother¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kirsten Ayalla*

Little Red                                             Brittany Baran*

Cinderella’s Father¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dominic Crisonino*

Cinderella’s Prince¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Brendan Wahlers+

Rapunzel                                              Emily Szymansky*

Rapunzel’s Prince¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mark Squitieri, Jr.**

Grandmother                                     Carmella Trapp*

Steward                                                 Jonathan Timoldi*

Snow White                                         Caleigh Higgins*

Sleeping Beauty                                 Rosemary Elling*

* student

** BHS Alumni

+ BHS Staff

++ Guest Artist

BHS Drama will present this timeless & powerful musical on April 20th & 21st at 7PM and on April 22nd at 2PM in the Alexander X. O’Connor auditorium. Tickets can be purchased via the “Seat Yourself” icon on the right, or by calling (201) 858-0071.



Smokey Joe’s Cafe

This past weekend, BHS Drama Society presented the musical “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”. This musical, while lesser-known, is a Tony award winning musical featuring the music of Lieber and Stoller. The music included well known songs like “On Broadway”, “Stand by Me”, “Jailhouse Rock” “Fools Fall in Love”. Many of Lieber & Stoller’s tunes were made famous by performs like Elvis & The Drifters.

Our version of Smokey Joe’s featured a cast of 27 students in grades 6 through 12. The show was cast to feature as many of our strong, talented singers as possible. During auditions in December, we met many new students who were auditioning for BHS Drama for the first time- and we were overwhelmed with the amount of talent the kids in this school system possess. It was an absolute pleasure to watch each member of the Smokey Joe’s cast shine in the spotlight during their solo features in the show.

In a school district the size of Bayonne, the competition is fierce during audition season for our musicals. The talent is outstanding, but most musicals can only true feature a handful of performers in principle roles. While these musicals are a blast to do, and ensemble members in such musical truly make or break the level of performance, Smokey Joe’s Cafe gave our kids the chance to really shine as solo singers, actors and dancers.

I can only hope the experience the students had was as positive as the experience that I had! As the kid’s vocal director, I typically get to watch each performance. For this show, however, I played the piano score- but had a great time playing on stage and participating in the show along with the kids and the rest of our rockin’ band.

Many thanks to Mr. Puchinksy for coming on board to conduct this show, and to the following Bayonne Art & Music Department Staff members who worked on this show:

Mr. Wolfer-  Scenic Design (amazing, as always)

Mr. Good- Sound Design

Mr. Downes- Guitar

Mr. Fumento- Drums


And thanks, of course, to the rest of our rockstar staff:

Lori Alexander- Choreographer

Brittany Baran- Student Choreographer

Anthony Duffy- Costume Design & Master of All Trades

Brendan Wahlers- Lighting Tech, Acting Coach, All-around great guy

Alex Calianese- Set Construction

Steve Quinn- Light Design


And our amazing parent & teacher volunteers!

Kenny & Debbie Baran

Cherie Calianese

Heidi Kaneshige

Patty Smith

Kristy Kobryn

Dennis & Tara Degnan


Most importantly, thank you to the cast for an incredible performance & an amazing experience for all!