History of the Minisink Valley Drama Club


Minisink Valley High School Drama Club will present two productions during the 2013-14 season.

In November, Blithe Spirit, written by Noel Coward and directed by Gary Passamonte will open on November 7, and run through Saturday the 9th. All performances will begin at 7pm. Tickets will be available through www.seatyourself.biz/minisink.

Open auditions will be held in mid- December for the spring musical Grease. All are welcome to audition. Students should prepared to sing a musical selection, and possible reading of a scene. Dance auditions are held on a separate day. All students must participate in both audition days. Announcements will be made for these dates and be posted.

Grease will open Thursday, March 26 and run through Saturday March 29. All performances will begin at 7pm. Tickets will be available through www.seatyourself.biz/minisink.

The Drama Club will  be  providing the Direction/Production Team for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, for Different Stages Drama Club at the Intermediate School in February.






Prior to 1991, a drama club at Minisink Valley High School never existed, and therefore, an annual production was never consistently produced.  In the fall of 1991, Ms. Beth Carter-Pivovar began her tenure as an English teacher at Minisink, and in the spring of 1992, she began the Minisink Valley Drama Club with what she and the other club members hoped would be the club’s inaugural production of Bye Bye Birdie.  Unfortunately, in that year, measles broke out around the school, and the production had to be cancelled.  However, that fall, Ms. Carter-Pivovar directed Arsenic and Old Lace, the drama club’s first official production.  Since then, she directed 23 other plays and musicals, and established Troupe # 5169 of the International Thespian Society. 

After Ms. Carter’s departure, Mr. Gary Passamonte, a third-grade teacher and then Director of Different Stages drama club at the Intermediate School, filled the position of director, and that fall directed the incredibly well-received Father of the Bride and an exciting production of the musical Pippin.  He remains the director of the fall plays and murder mystery dinners and of the spring musicals. He has 20 productions under his belt at present,. He is assisted by Mrs. Jenna McElroy as the Drama Club and Thespians advisor.  Mrs. Jackie Lakeman (MVMS) and several community members provide support to the program as well.  Since Mr. P’s arrival, the Drama Club has grown and offers a wide variety of opportunities to students of theatre. Mr. Passamonte communicates with other area drama club director's and they share resources, ideas, and bring the students together at each other's dress rehearsals for support.

Today, the Minisink Valley Drama Club remains an extremely popular club in the school and surrounding community.

The Audition Process

Auditions for the fall play usually consist of multiple readings of scenes from the presented play, either in a closed atmosphere or one open to an audience of those who are auditioning.  For the spring musical, one is required to sing any song from a Broadway musical, usually in an atmosphere open to only the director, musical director, choreographer, and assistant directors.  If one is called back, he/she must then sing a few bars of a song from the presented musical.  Callback auditions also include readings of scenes from the musical.