December 17, 2017
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Community Author: David Arenstam
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Faculty members, Jenifer Witherell-Stebbins, David Hanright, and Ian Purvis, watch as the TA Players prepare for their upcoming performances. – photo by David Arenstam
Faculty members, Jenifer Witherell-Stebbins, David Hanright, and Ian Purvis, watch as the TA Players prepare for their upcoming performances. – photo by David Arenstam

Students once again perform the first play ever produced on the Garland Auditorium stage

SACO, November 2, 2017:  When Thornton Academy first opened the “new” art wing in 1996, the faculty, administration, and students wanted to produce a play worthy of their new space, they chose George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “You Can’t Take It With You.” David Hanright, then a young art teacher with only a few years of teaching experience, was one of the teachers who worked with students to produce the play.

This year, 21 years later, student actors from Thornton will once again grace the Garland Auditorium stage and recite the words written in 1937. The show will run from Nov. 9 thru Nov. 11 and David Hanright, now a co-chair of the Arts Department and a faculty member with decades of experience producing shows will direct the play. All shows begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5.

“Back then, Chris Queally, Bill Ouellette and I decided this would be a great show to kick off the opening of this space. It’s funny,” Hanright said. “It’s a good play for the kids. The message is good. It’s what goes around, comes around, you know?”

When this show was first performed at Thornton tickets were sold and tracked manually. Today, like many other areas in the school, the Arts Department has taken advantage of available technology and tickets for the storied theater may be purchased online.

Hanright and the other directors of the show, Jenifer Witherell-Stebbins and Ian Purvis, realize that for many of the cast members, there is a bond between the students that closely resembles the bonds in a family. And as Hanright says, “what would a family be without a reunion?”

This year, in honor of the show being the very first performed on Thornton’s beloved stage, the Arts Department is inviting all TA Player alumni to come to the show. They will be given a complimentary ticket to the performance.

Photos from this year’s show will be posted on TA’s Facebook page, and you may also read about the current production at: blog.thorntonacademy.org