PHOTOS BY NADIYA GIORDANO THE ELF ON THE SHELF MUST DIE — From left are Kendall Morreale, Lorelei Wilson and Logan Laguer. In the background are Skylar Deyo and Josh Shea.

DeLand High School’s Hill Street Theatre is getting ready to kick off its 2021-22 theater season! We are live again, and we couldn’t be more excited! This year’s fall show consists of three delightful one-acts that we hope will make you laugh, cry and think.

Our first one-act is The Elf on the Shelf Must Die by Don Zolidis. This comedic romp through Christmas leaves everyone wondering if Santa really has spies helping him determine who is naughty and nice.

Mook and Sammy are siblings who go on a whirlwind journey that leads them to their local Walmart in search of their Christmas destiny. Will they get their Xbox? Or are they on Santa’s naughty list permanently? Come find out what they get for Christmas this year! This play is not for young, small children.

Edgar, by John Haman, is a warm, loving romantic ghost story. Ms. Foster, the new theater teacher, discovers a plaque honoring a student named “Edgar” who died nearly 35 years ago when the school opened.


EDGAR — This is the cast of Edgar, written by John Haman. Edgar is one of three one-act plays
that will be performed by Hill Street Theatre at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 20-22, in the
DeLand High School Auditorium. In front, from left, are Kendall Morreale, Annika Dugo, Bella
Pupello and Reese Hall. In the back, same order, are Logan Freeman, Mark Leavitt, Ali Peck, Elian
Morales-Nieves and Tatiana Gonzalez.

There is little information on the young man, which has everyone in the theater class guessing about who he was, especially Ms. Foster. We meet her students Emma and Garrett, who find they have much more in common with each other than they’d ever expected.

Edgar is filled with humor, beautiful choreography by International Baccalaureate theater candidate and Hill Street Theatre President Kendall Morreale, and dazzling lighting and technology provided by our Theatre Tech Club. Viewing this show will require a hankie by the end of it.

Our final one-act, Assembly, by Barry Weber, takes us through a day in the life of a high-school assembly. You don’t need to be a teacher, administrator or student to get the fast-paced, high-impact comedy behind this absurd piece of insanity — but it might help!

Assembly pokes fun at fundraising, technology, discipline, and the ever-changing needs of a modern-day high school. It is about as silly as it is imaginative; however, it is also a stern, foreboding picture of the realities and nature of public education today.

Each one of these plays is filled with a mixture of veterans of our stage and newbies. We have more than 30 thespians and new Hill Street Theatre members in these three plays. We also boast an amazing Theatre Tech Club, who is responsible for all our wonderful tech.

These one-acts will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 20-22, in the DeLand High School Auditorium.

Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for adults, and are available at the door each night.

We hope you’ll come support these talented and amazing students! Please remember to bring your masks. Social-distance seating is available.

If you have any questions or concerns, call 386-822- 6909, ext. 23455.

See you at the theater!


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