“How to Roommate” Takes the Stage in One Week

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The New Hampton School Department of Performing Arts is readying the stage for its first production of the academic year. The talented cast and crew will present a public performance of How to Roommate on Saturday, November 13, at 7:00 pm in McEvoy Theater during Homecoming Weekend. The performance for the school community will take place on Friday, November 12.

 Students shared a sneak peek of the fall play during Family Weekend.

The Perils of College Life

How to Roommate is a one-act comedy by Claire Caviglia. It explores ideas of student life that will resonate with boarding students at high schools and colleges alike, but with an all-too-real twist—how to navigate the roommate experience.

Director of Theatre Joe Sampon shares, “I’m really excited for the New Hampton School community to see this fall’s play, How to Roommate. It’s the first time in a year and a half that we have been able to present a live performance for a live audience in McEvoy Theater! It is a 40-minute comedic one-act play about the stressful college process and the even more stressful process of picking that perfect roommate. In this play, two students enlist the services of a roommate matchmaking company and meet a variety of characters. From the “Political Problem” roommate to the “Food Allergies” roommate, these students tackle hilarious and sometimes truthful scenarios of living with a total stranger.”

Students and families received an exclusive sneak peek of the opening scene during Family Weekend, adding to the excitement of the performance ahead.

How to Roommate on stage during Family Weekend

About the Production

This year, the students themselves chose the play after reading a selection of scripts. Sampson notes, “Their enthusiasm for working on it has been great throughout the rehearsal process. I’ve loved working with them.” The cast has students from all grades from 9-12 including Gus Kusch, Henry Miller, Nga Nguyen, Miles Sargent, Alden Truesdale, Van Hansen, Ava Millerick, Will Yuan, Sophie Pankhurst, Laura Liebert, and Sarah LaCroix. Crew members include Ashley Holland as Production Stage Manager, Director Joe Sampson, Technical Designer and Director Griffin Christoffersen, and more.

The show is free and open to the public with donation proceeds benefiting the New Hampton School Theatre Department. The cast and crew look forward to seeing you at the show! Please note all visitors to campus must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

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