The students of Woodland Hills High School will perform “Curtains” this spring.
For the 25th anniversary of the musical program at Woodland Hills, director Thomas G. Crone wanted to do something special. “Curtains” was an appropriate choice because the musical is about the joys of putting on a show.
“This is the 25th year of this school putting on musicals, and I have been here the whole time. I’m in my 40th year of teaching,” said Crone.
Crone’s directing expertise has been helpful, especially for the leads, who sometimes find their roles challenging. Jared Hanley, who plays Lt. Frank Cioffi, sometimes has trouble maintaining his character’s Boston accent. Despite this, Hanley love’s his role.
“I love all of my lines. They are serious, but then I have a funny side, so it’s like playing myself on stage,” said Hanley.
Hanley also enjoys working with the rest of the cast.
“It’s so much fun. We come together like one big happy family,” he said.
Co-star, Janelle DeChancie, who plays Carmen Bernstein, is included in that family. She said she really enjoys the experience because everyone is so friendly.
“We all help each other run lines or review dance moves, and we all support each other. Even though it takes up so much of my time, I do the musicals simply because the people involved make it so fun,” said DeChancie.