Celebrating 26 Magnificent Years!
Mr. Paul J. Kranz
After 26 magnificent years as our WHS Drama Director, Mr.
Paul Kranz prepares to direct his last three shows. Mr. Kranz directed his first show in 1990-How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and 26 years later wraps
it up with A Tale of Two Cities. Over the past 26 years Mr. Kranz has had such
a huge impact on the students he has directed.
Many of those students have gone on to have success at the next level,
while others have used the skills Mr. Kranz taught them to become more
successful in their personal lives, or current professions. We invite you to
come out and celebrate with us as Mr. Kranz gets set to direct his last
production, A Tale of Two Cities. Show times are as follows: March 5th and 6th at
7:00 and March 7th at 2:00.
Thank you Mr. Kranz for shaping the lives of so many students over the
past 26 years and for creating a WHS Drama “family” where students feel safe,
secure, and loved here at WHS! The impact
immense, the difference immeasurable, the man one of a kind! Congratulations Mr. Kranz!
The WHS Drama Club will be presenting the Broadway Musical A Tale of Two Cities on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 27th, 28th,
and on Thursday and Friday nights, March 5th and 6th, at 7:00
p.m. A final matinee performance will be
given on Saturday, March 7th, at 2:00 p.m. There will also be a free special Generations
Reach Out (GRO) performance for area senior citizens at 1:30 pm on Thursday,
Feb. 26th. Tickets for all
other shows are $10 and they can be purchased in the main office beginning in
January and February and during lunch periods in the cafeteria in
February. If you are purchasing tickets
at the door, it is recommended that you come at least 15 minutes prior to
curtain time. “It was the best of
times; it was the worst of times.” Two men in love with the same woman. Two cities swept up in revolution. One last
chance for a man to redeem his wasted life and change the world. Based on
Charles Dickens' masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities is a musical that
focuses on the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French
aristocrat Charles Darnay and drunken English cynic Sydney Carton - all caught
in the clutches of the bloody French Revolution. Appropriate for all ages and audiences, this
classic story of love, revolution, and redemption is what the Associated Press
called, “the return to the era of big blockbusters such as Les Miserables, Phantom,
and Miss Saigon. The show is being directed by Paul J. Kranz,
the Music Director is Mrs. Shannon Sheridan, Ms. Julie Powers is the Producer, Mr.
David Dorrell and Mr. Michael Powers are the Set designers, Mrs. Claudia Kranz
is the Choreographer, and Mr. Kahlil Gunther is the Orchestra Conductor. A cast of approximately sixty sutdents will
be performing, supported by a large student crew, a talented team of costume
designers, and a live orchestra. Many of
the leading and supporting roles in the cast are shared between two students in
alternative performances. All performances
will be held in the WHS Auditorium.
Director’s Note on A Tale of Two Cities:
It is likely that you have heard the famous “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” paradoxical opening to A Tale of Two Cities even if you have never read the novel, or “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done…” Charles Dickens certainly had a way with words. I have enjoyed teaching this particular novel and all of its “duality motifs” for over a quarter-century in my English classes. I am not ashamed to say that I love Charles Dickens’ writing style and the characters he creates in so many of his works. Is it surprising that so many of his novels have become plays and movies? Several years ago, as I was teaching Tale, I came across a YouTube video clip of a recent Broadway musical (2008) by Jill Santoriello. As I had already been directing musicals at WHS for a long time, in addition to teaching, I was immediately drawn to the show. As I shared similar clips from the show with my students and listened to it more and more, I developed a real love of the music and the way in which Santoriello adapts the novel into a musical. I feel that her song lyrics, melodies, and dialogue truly capture the essence of the original novel. I feel like I’ve come to know these characters well, and so I said, “One day I’d love to direct that musical.” When I shared this with Shannon Sheridan, our music director, she already knew the show very well and was eager to consider it for future production with me. So we waited for “the best of times” to do it…or at least a plausible time to do it. And here we are...and Jill Santoriello has reached out to us and is visiting with us to see us “do” her show while also running a musical theatre workshop with the students in our cast and crew, as well as a “Q and A” session with our audience at the conclusion of our closing matinee. We are thrilled! Dickens experienced hard times as a youth (e.g. his father went to debtor’s prison for a time and he had to work in a bottling plant) and he served as a reporter during the Victorian industrial revolution, where he saw much injustice. I imagine there was a lot of darkness in his world. Yet, so many of his works present to us characters who are able to overcome the darkness and show us compassion, bravery, and hope. I think this is perhaps what I love most about Dickens, in addition to his humor (there is comic relief in this story). Tale offers one of my favorite protagonists ever in one of the darkest times ever, the French Revolution and its subsequent “Reign of Terror.” We don’t have to look far in our own contemporary world to see similar things going on…we watch or read the news and it is often bad; we see acts of violence, cruelty, and injustice…we deal with daily challenges in our own lives and we may feel overwhelmed by them. And despite it all, we cling to hope. We witness an unusual act of kindness or bravery by some human being toward another, perhaps even presented to us personally. We may even “pay it forward.” At any rate, we are inspired again. This novel and the musical adaption reminds us that there is a light shining through the darkness. Perhaps a lesser-known Dickens quote sums it up best: “There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Yes, indeed. We hope you enjoy our show.Sincerely, Paul J. Kranz
PARCC TESTING DATES
Performance Based Assessment (PBA) - March 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 23rd and Make Up Dates: March 24th & 25th
End of Year (EOY) - April 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th and Make Up Dates: May 5th & 6th
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2015/2016 Teacher of the Year
Ms. Melissa Cifaloglio
Congratulations to Ms. Melissa Cifaloglio who was awarded Woodstown High School's Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Gabrielle Heyel who was awarded both Educational Services Professional and Salem County Counselor of the Year . Ms. Cifaloglio currently teaches Family & Consumer Science as well as Child Care Lab while Mrs. Heyel is a hands on guidance counselor. Both professionals always put their students first and are more than deserving of this distinguished honor. Both were selected by a small group of their peers and should be commended for a job well done! We couldn't be more proud to have both of these amazing professionals helping and guiding students at WHS!
2015/2016 Educational Services Professional and Salem County Counselor of the Year
Mrs. Gabrielle Heyel
The year-long celebration theme will continue during the
2014-2015 school year and will conclude with a special event. Woodstown High School is planning a 100th Year Celebration Renaissance Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction, which will take
place on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Catholic Community of Holy Spirit (formerly
St. Joe’s Parish Center). All current
and past staff members as well as WHS alumni and guests are invited to attend
this worthwhile event. Join us for a
night of fun & fellowship with former Woodstown High School staff and
students in celebration of our building’s 100th anniversary! There
will be music, dancing, and a silent auction that will celebrate all things
Woodstown. Please log on to our WHS 100
Year Facebook Page for current and up to date information regarding our
Stay informed on all of the festivities throughout the year!
For more information about the dinner and
when to purchase tickets, please visit our 100 Year Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/woodstown100
Year Commemorative T-Shirt
Cutting Ceremony for Clock
of 1976-2015 Time Capsule
of School Yearbooks
Music – Mr. Gunther & Mr. Ludlam
Dance at St. Joe’s Parish Center
K.D. National Force Security
The Board of Education approved the awarding of our school security personnel bid to K. D. National Force Security (KDNFS). This was a long, deliberative process that included input from all of our constituent stakeholders including staff, community members, and local law enforcement agencies. For more specific information, you may visit our website to access the Power Point Presentation that was shown at our public meeting in November.
Now that we have contracted KDNFS, much work remains to be done prior to the school security specialists becoming operational. This week preliminary orientation and planning meetings were conducted amongst the school district administrators, KDNFS, and our local law enforcement agencies. Our next step will be to introduce our school security specialists to our staff at faculty meetings next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at our respective schools. Concurrently next week, via each school’s regularly scheduled PTO and Parent Alliance meetings (at which all parents are welcome to attend the next one being on February 11, 2015 @ 7:00pm in the HS Library), the school security specialists will also be introduced and be available for any questions or input parents may have. Upon that, the school security specialists will be meeting with the students at our respective buildings between February 12-19. During the orientation period from February 2–19, the school security specialists will be in our buildings doing preliminary orientation and assessment work. They will not become fully operational with their security duties until Monday, February 23rd. Each building Principal will be communicating with you about the particulars regarding the meetings within their schools.
More communications will be forthcoming regarding programs and presentations that the security specialists w ill be offering for our students and you, their parents and guardians. We are looking forward to the successful implementation of this new service that will provide a more safe and healthy educational environment for our children.
Thomas A. Coleman Jr.
Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District