Niles West News

Niles West Theatre to Present The House of Blue Leaves

By Mara Shapiro

September 21, 2011

Niles West Theatre will be putting on its first play of the season, The House of Blue Leaves, Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 25 in the Black Box Theatre. The setting is Queens in 1965 on the day Pope Paul VI visits New York City. A local zookeeper named Artie Shaughnessy, played by senior Quinn Lawson-Hall, dreams of b...

Get Involved, Get Involved, Get Involved!

By Mara Shapiro

August 22, 2011

Hello, Niles West! Summer is over and it's time to get back to the daily grind of the new school year. The key word is "new." With the new school year comes new friends, new teachers, new classes, and new ways to get involved at West. Did you know that Niles West of...

Niles West Theatre to Put on Improv Show

By Mara Shapiro

May 26, 2011

Niles West Theatre is scheduled to put on their annual Improv Show Friday, May 27, in the Black Box Theatre at 4 and  7: 30 p.m. "It's something that we do every year. It's a nice way to end our season," Theatre Director ...

Leah Hummel: Costume and Actress Extraordinaire

By Mara Shapiro

May 26, 2011

Senior Leah Hummel sits at a table in the Black Box Theatre. She  is portraying a salesman in Niles West Theatre's The Director's Studio. She tries to sell fellow actress, senior Sarah Hernandez, light bulbs, but even with her charming pitches she still fails. The scene goes on, and it's an...

Aleks Krapivkin: The Theatre Great

By Mara Shapiro

May 20, 2011

Senior Aleksandr Krapivkin struts across the stage in the Robert L. Johnson auditorium, snapping his fingers and bossing his servants around. He is playing the role of The King in Niles West Fine Arts Department's The King and I. He charms the crowd as he makes witty remarks and ...

The King and I: Great, Fantastic, Wonderful, Et Cetera, Et Cetera, Et Cetera

By Mara Shapiro

May 7, 2011

A petulant king, 67 and counting children, many wives, a determined schoolteacher, wonderful scenery, and beautiful music. What is this you may ask? Well, it's Niles West's version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical, The King and I. The musical opened up with a song by the b...

Niles West Theatre to Put On The King and I

By Mara Shapiro

May 2, 2011

Starting Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7, Niles West Theatre will be putting on the musical The King and I in the Robert L. Johnson Auditorium. The musical is based off of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical version of the beloved story of a woman who be...

Niles West Theatre to put on Portraits: One Night Only

By Mara Shapiro

April 13, 2011

Thursday, April 14 Niles West Theatre's Advanced Theatre Studio Class is set to put on Portraits: One Night Only in the Black Box Theatre at 7:30 p.m.. Theatre director Andrew Sinclair says that every year the Advanced Theatre Studio Class puts on a Portraits show. This year's ...

Air Guitar High is a Smash Hit

By Mara Shapiro

March 7, 2011

Loud rock music, glowsticks, and kids dressed like the actors from Dazed and Confused? That’s what Niles West Theatre’s Air Guitar High looked like. The play was about two high school kids, Lindy, played by junior Quinn Lawson-H...

Niles West Theatre to Put on a Rockin’ New Show

By Mara Shapiro

February 22, 2011

Starting Thursday Feb. 24 through Saturday Feb. 26, Niles West Theatre will be putting on the play Air Guitar High in the Black Box Theatre. The play is about two high school kids, Cable, played by senior Leah Hummel, and Lind...

The Director’s Studio Screams Success

By Mara Shapiro

January 26, 2011

You know a play is successful when you are constantly hearing gasps and laughter from an audience.  This not only happened for one of the intriguing plays that I had the pleasure of seeing, but instead happened for all seven of the student-directed plays in Niles West Theatre’s The Direc...

Niles West Theatre Puts on a Festival of Student-Directed Plays

By Mara Shapiro

January 12, 2011

Starting Friday, Jan. 14 and ending Saturday Jan. 15, Niles West Theatre will be putting on The Director’s Studio, a multitude of student-directed plays, in the Black Box Theatre. There are a total of 14 different 10 minute...