Theater

Drama and its appreciation are important parts of the enrichment program at Gill. Participation in drama encourages cooperation and teamwork and helps to develop confidence and poise. The Upper School fall play and spring musical, the Middle School play, and the Lower School Nutcracker performance provide stages for student actors, enlist the assistance of student technicians and stagehands, and encourage the participation of parent volunteers.

GSB outstanding musical and theatrical productions are nominated and recognized for state-wide awards.

The GSB Players' production of The Mystery Of Edwin Drood in the spring of 2012 received the Outstanding Overall Production Award at the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Competition. The school received 11 total nominations and took home four additional awards for Outstanding Achievement by a Supporting Actress, Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction, and Outstanding Achievement in Direction.

New Photo Gallery: Pippin

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Pippin! The outstanding Spring 2020 production ran in the Performing Arts & Community Center.

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Recent GSB Players Productions

Under the direction of Performing Arts Chair Paul H. Canada, Gill's Upper School student theater group, the GSB Players, annually produce both a fall play and spring musical.

Charley's Aunt

Charley's Aunt

Directed and designed by GSB Performing Arts Chair Paul H. Canada, and produced by Todd Ross '94, this hilarious, critically acclaimed comedy takes place in 19th Century Victorian England and America, during Oxford Commemoration Week of 1892.

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Meet Me in St. Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis

The show, based on the 1944 movie of the same title, charms audiences with the its portrayal of the seven members of the Smith family as they navigate romances, joys, comic mis-steps, and the occasional sorrow. Set in the in the summer of 1903, the story culminates with the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. Among other songs, the show popularized “The Trolley Song,” “The Boy Next Door,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

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Musical Comedy Murders

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

The GSB Players’ production of THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 opened to an enthusiastic crowd in the new Performing Arts & Community Center (PACC). Full of witty repartee and comic timing, the show was handled masterfully by the cast, many of them veterans of the GSB stage. The show was directed and designed by Performing Arts Chair Paul H. Canada and produced by Todd Ross '94, with lighting and sound production from Joe DeVico.

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, INTO THE WOODS brings the audience into the realm of beloved storybook characters—from Little Red Riding Hood to Cinderella—and offers a refreshing, comic, and occasionally dark look at happily ever after.

The Beaux' Strategem

The Beaux' Strategem

Set in the mid-18th century, the show features beautiful period costumes from the show’s director, Performing Arts Chair Paul Canada.

Cinderella

Cinderella

The GSB Players' production of Cinderella, which staged six sold-out performances, closed to rousing applause. The production was staged in the round. The audience sat just outside the walls of the town, surrounded by forest that had been painstakingly constructed by performing arts teacher/assistant producer Todd Ross '94. With the movement of a few props, the stage changed from town square to ballroom, a long checkered floor separating Cinderella's cottage at one end from the palace at the other. In the ensemble numbers, weeks of choreography practice with Margery Schiesswohl P '17 (ninth-grade dean and performing arts teacher) translated into thrilling exchanges, as dancers filled every corner of the theater, almost brushing against the audience.

Performing Arts Chair

Paul H. Canada, Chair of the Performing Arts Department, has been teaching theater and staging award-winning Upper School productions for three decades. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in costume and set design from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, as well as a Bachelor of Music Education in vocal music from Mississippi College. He has worked extensively as a director and designer in educational and community theatre, and as a designer in professional theater.

GSB Theater Awards

2019 - Meet Me in St. Louis


Nomination
Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role
Allyson Stevens '20 as "Katie"

Nomination
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Hair and Make-Up Achievement
Alicia Amoroso '19, Lee Amoroso P '11, '13, '19, Valerie Collins, Venus Nedd P '06, '09, Allyson Stevens '20

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Achievement by a
Teacher or Outside Director
Paul H. Canada and Todd Ross

2017 - Cinderella


Nomination
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada

2016 - The Boy Friend


Nomination
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul Canada, H. Beth Holland P '12

2015 - Once Upon a Mattress


Nomination
Outstanding Musical Direction
David & Amy Southerland

Nomination
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada, Shannon Ludlum '03

Winner
Outstanding Costume Achievement
Paul H. Canada, Beth Holland P '12

Nomination
Outstanding Hair and Make-up Achievement
Venus Nedd P '06, '09 &
Lee Amoroso P '11, '13, '19

2014 - Godspell


Nomination
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada, Kevin Kotch, Laura Ludlum P '01, '03, '05 & Shannon Ludlum '03

Winner
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada & Beth Holland P '12

Winner
Outstanding Hair & Make-up Achievement
Lee Amoroso P '11, '13, '19 &
Venus Romero-Nedd P '06, '09

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Performance by a Chorus

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Paul H. Canada

2013 - Little Women


Nomination
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Winner
Outstanding Performance by an Actress
in a Leading Role
Jana Bernard '13 as Margaret "Marmee" March

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction
Amy & David Southerland

Nomination
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Winner
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Hair & Make-up Achievement
Lee Amoroso P '11, '13, '19 &
Venus Romero-Nedd P '06, '09

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Achievement by an Actress
in a Leading Role
Jessica Kundla '13 as Jo March

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Achievement by an Actor
in a Featured Role
Nicholas Bilynsky '13 as Professor Fritz Bhaer

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Lighting Achievement
Joseph Skowronski

2012 - The Mystery of Edwin Drood


Winner
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actress
in a Leading Role
Savannah Schechter '12 as Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actress
in a Leading Role
Jessica Kundla '13 as Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud

Winner
Outstanding Performance by an Actress
in a Supporting Role
Jana Bernard '13 as Angela Prysock/Princess Puffer

Winner
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Paul H. Canada

Winner
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction
Amy & David Southerland

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Margery Schiesswohl P '17

Nomination
Outstanding Lighting Achievement
Joseph Skowronski

Nomination
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Winner
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada & Beth Holland P '12

Nomination
Outstanding Hair & Make-up Achievement
Lee Amoroso P '11, '13, '19 &
Venus Romero-Nedd P '06, '09

2011 - A Little Night Music


Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role
Christian Bormann Paris '11 as Fredrik Egerman

Winner
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada & Beth Holland P '12

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design
Sharon Bittman P '17, '23, Vision Creative Group

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actress
in a Featured Role
Jana Bernard '13 as Petra

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction Amy & David Southerland

2010 - Kiss Me, Kate


Nomination
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Winner
Outstanding Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role
Christian Bormann Paris '11 as Fred Graham/Petruchio

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Chorus

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction
Amy & David Southerland

Winner
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Hair & Make-up Achievement
Venus Romero-Nedd P '06, '09 &
Darlene Shellhouse

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Margery Schiesswohl P '17

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Lighting Achievement
Joseph Skowronski

2009 - Into the Woods


Nomination
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actor
in a Supporting Role
Christian Bormann Paris '11 as
Cinderella's Prince/The Wolf

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actor
in a Supporting Role
William Ullrich '11 as Jack

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction Amy & David Southerland

Nomination
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada & Laura Ludlum P '01, '03, '05

Nomination
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Hair & Make-up Achievement
Venus Romero-Nedd P '06, '09

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design
Margie & Rich Palatini P '06

Nomination
Student Achievement Award
Conor Sjogren '09, Stage Manager

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Achievement by an Actress
in a Leading Role
Savannah Schechter '12 as The Witch

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Lighting Achievement
Donald P. Schlachter P '91, '97

2008 - The Secret Garden


Winner
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actress
in a Leading Role
Lauren Ullrich '08 as Lily Craven

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role
Steven Helferich '08 as Archibald Craven

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Paul H. Canada

Winner
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction
Amy & David Southerland

Winner
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Winner
Outstanding Costuming Achievement
Paul H. Canada & Lynn Helferich P '06, '08

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design
Margie and Rich Palatini P '06

2007 - She Loves Me


Nomination
Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

Winner
Outstanding Achievement by an Actress
in a Leading Role
Lauren Ullrich '08 as Amalia Balash

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role
Steven Helferich '08 as George Nowack

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction Amy & David Southerland

Nomination
Outstanding Scenic Achievement
Paul H. Canada

Winner
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Paul H. Canada

Nomination
Outstanding Hair & Make-up Achievement
Venus Romero-Nedd P '06, '09 &
Darlene Shellhouse

Honorable Mention
Outstanding Achievement by an Actress
in a Supporting Role
Alexis Nedd '09 as Ilona Ritter