2015-2016 Season

  • Kiss Me Kate

    kiss me kate A classic of musical theatre, the show was written in the late 1940s by famed composer and lyricist Cole Porter. Following the formula of a show within a show, Kiss Me, Kate tells the story of a theatre company premiering a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Director and star Frederic C. Graham, played by Senior Junho Moon, is frantically putting the final touches on the production before its impending premiere. His efforts are being stymied by the caprices of his egotistical ex-wife and co-star, Lilli Vanessi, who is brought to life by Senior Izzy Vendetti, whom he still loves. Adding to this romantic confusion, Graham is being pursued by gangsters who are seeking repayment of a gambling debt they believe he owes. As if this is not enough, mix in an exhausted ensemble who have been rehearsing for weeks and weeks, among other factors. On opening night, everything spirals out of control, and everyone must work together to ensure they will be able to finish the performance in this classic stage musical comedy from the Golden Age of the musical.

    With a cast of over forty actors, a pit demanding the talents of twenty musicians, and a crew that calls for the help of approximately fifteen students as well as parent volunteers, this comic gem is replete with slapstick, vaudevillian routines, and witty repartee. Kiss Me, Kate is a romance as characters re-discover their love for each other, specifically Fred and Lilli. Featuring wonderfully jazzy music by Porter that includes songs like "So In Love", "Too Darn Hot", "Wunderbar", and "Why Can't You Behave?" as well as excerpts from The Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me, Kate has a little something for everyone and is certain to entertain all audiences.

    Kiss Me, Kate will be performed at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts
    • Thursday, November 19th at 7 P.M.
    • Friday, November 20th at 7 P.M.
    • Saturday, November 21st at 2:30 P.M.
    • Saturday, November 21st at 7 P.M.
    Reserved seating tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on Ticketmaster, by calling (614) 469-0939, or at the door two hours before the performance begins. They are $14/$12 general admission and $10/$8 for NAPLS staff, senior citizens, and students.


    We hope to see you at the show!



    Macbeth poster 2016 "Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble."

    Macbeth, a bloody story of murder most foul, is coming to New Albany High School.

    William Shakespeare's shocking and terrifying tragedy is the story of Macbeth, a brave Scottish general whose reputation on the battlefield is revered by King Duncan. When he encounters three witches, who prophesy that he will become the king of Scotland, Macbeth begins to consider the unthinkable: murdering good King Duncan. Goaded by his wife and propelled by his ambition, he commits this heinous act and seizes the throne. Now king, Macbeth must go to increasingly bloody and murderous lengths to maintain his hold on power, which plunges Scotland into chaos.

    Exploring themes including the corrupting influence of ambition, the effects of cruelty and war, and fate vs. free will, Macbeth is highly topical, an allegory for our own troubled times. Director Elliott Lemberg has modernized the dress and setting and incorporated elements of Kabuki, a traditional form of Japanese theatre, into the production.

    Macbeth opens in Mershad Hall at the McCoy Center on Thursday, April 21st at 7:30 P.M. and will perform April 21st - April 24th as well as April 28th - May 1st. Tickets can be ordered online at seatyourself.biz/nahs. A very limited amount of tickets will be available at the door. Ticket prices are at $8 for staff, senior citizens, and students and $12 general admission.

    You will not want to miss this frightening and uniquely spellbinding production!