HS Actors Go ‘Barefoot’ for Winter Play

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Student-actors at the high school found an exciting challenge in this year’s winter play, Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” which was presented on Jan. 20 and 21.

Senior Anthony Henkel and junior Tori DiTomasso starred as mismatched newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter. The production also featured senior Alejandro Villa-Vasquez as Mr. Velasco, junior Alexandra Lane as Mrs. Ethel Banks, junior Michael Colombo as Harry Pepper the Telephone Repairman and junior Nolan Maggio as Mr. Munshin the Delivery Man.

“I am so proud of all of the actors,” said director Kristen Wallace. “The characters were very rich and tough to develop, and the scenes incorporated a great deal of physical and emotional intensity. It was very rewarding to encourage the students to work outside of their comfort zones, find a balance of drama and comedy, and see how well they accomplished it in the end.”

Simon’s 1963 play, the 10th longest running non-musical play in Broadway history, was nominated for three 1964 Tony Awards, winning Best Director. It was adapted for a popular 1967 film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, and an ABC television series in 1970.