If there were an award for high-school-musical multi-taskers, Rockland Country Day School would be a shoo-in.
The tiny private school in Congers drafts students from beyond the high-school grades for its cast, as you’ll see this weekend at “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim’s musical about what happens after “they lived happily ever after.”
And getting one role doesn’t mean you’re done at RCDS.
Take senior Adam Kapilow, who plays the Narrator. When he’s not on stage, he’ll be up in the lighting booth.
Or Zoe Levine, an 18-year-old senior from Montebello. She plays the flute in the pit, but also shares the role of Cinderella’s mother and the tower-bound Rapunzel. (Senior Mary Reddington plays the harp and the out-of-the-tower Rapunzel, as Levine’s flute talents are required in the pit for later scenes.)
Last year, Levine played the flute in the pit for “Urinetown” – and earned a Metropolitan High School Theater Award nomination – while also playing hero Bobby Strong’s mother, Josephine, on stage.
“There was no actual flute part in the score, so I kind of stole the clarinet solo in the beginning,” she says. “I transcribed it by ear and I played a couple of piano parts on the flute.”
This year, things are different.
“There’s a huge flute part in this show, the biggest one I’ve ever played,” the senior says. “The flute corresponds to a couple of characters: the birds, Jack and Cinderella.”
While pulling double duty—on stage and in the pit—can be fun and nerve-wracking, Levine says: “I think it’s really fantastic because I can’t think of anywhere else that I would get this opportunity.”
She’s a fan of Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale.
“I’ve been listening to ‘Into the Woods’ since I was really really little,” she says. “And the opening song is the best. It’s like an 11-minute song.”
Marsha and Dennis Predovic – the husband-and-wife production team at RCDS – have created a tradition of magic in a multi-purpose room up the hill from Kings Highway. This week, a series of platforms and scrims and hanging clothes will become a wood full of singing, dancing multi-taskers with storybook stories to tell.
The Predovics’ “My Headmaster Has a Multi-Purpose Room, Let’s Put On a Show” mentality is in the best tradition of theater, where everyone pitches in to do their part.
And another part.
And possibly a third.
“Into the Woods,” 7 p.m., April 19; 2 and 7 p.m. April 20; 2 p.m., April 21. $12; $10 students and seniors. firstname.lastname@example.org.