---- — DERRY — For more than two decades, Pinkerton Academy students have enjoyed watching their teachers perform on stage.
The annual Pinkerton faculty play was performed last week to a crowd of students who love to watch their favorite teachers get up on stage at the Stockbridge Theatre to take on various comic parts.
The Pinkerton Faculty Arts Players performed this year’s offering, “Romeo and Winifred: A Tragical Comedy in Two and a Half Acts,” based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” with many twists and turns featuring the major characters.
Teachers took on the roles of Capulet and Montague family members, with the show set in New York City.
Proceeds from ticket sales support scholarships for graduating seniors. Thousands of dollars have been raised for the scholarship fund by the play.
English teacher Jonathan Fowler directed this year’s performance, the result of many hours of rehearsal. Dozens of staff members participate.
“This year, we had about 30 faculty members involved from all walks of campus life,” Fowler said, “from teachers from every department, guidance counselors, and even a teacher who retired last year but works as as sub.”
Fowler said there is a core of staff members — the “regulars”— who look forward to the faculty play every year.
“Then, we have a few new faces feeling up for the adventure,” Fowler said. “Depending on the amount of parts and the number of responses, it usually works out that whoever is brave enough to volunteer gets in.”
There are no auditions and casting is generally done by the director.
“Because of our core group of veterans, I often have parts in mind before we even begin, based on what I know about the role and cast member,” Fowler said.
Since the faculty plays started, approximately $30,000 has been raised to support the faculty’s senior scholarship fund. Ticket prices have always remained at $5, Fowler said, a deal to see a great show.
“I do think this is an event that many kids enjoy because they get to see their teachers in ways they never thought, and maybe never hoped, to see them,” Fowler said. “We always get great feedback from them.”