The Freehold High School (FHS) Drama Club has shown that it will take more than just a hurricane to keep them from performing their fall play.
During the club's prime rehearsal time for the fall production of ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Sandy hit Monmouth County. With the production eligible for a Basie Award, and months of the cast and crew's time already spent, KasiAnn Iacobino, FHS English and Drama teacher as well as the play’s Director, was faced with a tough decision.
“The storm caused us to lose five rehearsals and would have forced us to go right into our tech week with live performances starting on Nov. 16,” explained Iacobino. “We could either go on without being fully prepared or reschedule for a later date with less performances.”
After sitting down with FHS Principal Linda Jewell, Iacobino announced that ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ would go on with one performance in December.
“At first the kids were kind of bummed that there were going to be less performances, but they are happy to be able to have at least one performance and luckily all of the judges needed to compete in the Count Basie Awards will be able to make the show which is super important,” said Iacobino.
In addition to Sandy being the first natural disaster to interfere with a FHS play, ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ marks a few other firsts for Iacobino.
“In past years we have performed comedies so this will be the first year we will be doing a drama. I have been eyeing this play for ages but since it is a challenging play, I have been waiting for the right group of kids to come around. This is my fifth year with the department and collectively I feel we are at the point to put on a production like this.”
With a crew of 12 and cast of 52 students, some of which are making their first on-stage debut from previously working behind the scenes, ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ will hold its sole performance this Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Pre-sale ticket information can be found online here.