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 Huntington High School senior Rachel Learned.
February 27, 2024

H-ton Students Can Apply for NYS Summer School of the Arts

Huntington UFSD students are eligible to apply for the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Applications are currently being accepted for programs in visual arts, media arts and theatre.

 Rehearsals are going well for the Huntington drama club's production of Chicago - Teen Edition
February 26, 2024

Rehearsals Going Well for Huntington High School Musical

Rehearsals for the Huntington High School drama club’s upcoming musical production of “Chicago: Teen Edition” are going well. The curtain will rise on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Senior citizens will be admitted free to the Saturday matinee.

 The Huntington drama club's spring musical is Chicago-Teen Edition
January 8, 2024

H-ton Drama Club to Stage Chicago: Teen Edition

The Huntington High School drama club will stage the musical, “Chicago: Teen Edition” on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23. Information regarding auditions and rehearsals is expected to be announced soon.

 Huntington's actors and stagehands are already looking forward to the spring musical. (Darin Reed photo)
December 14, 2023

Cast and Crew Look Forward to Spring Musical

Several days of decompressing seems to have done the trick for Huntington High School drama club members who wrapped up a spectacular fall production last weekend with three performances of “Humbug.” The group is now turning its attention to next March’s musical.

 The talented cast of the Huntington drama club's production of Humbug. (Darin Reed & Rachel Learned photo.)
December 11, 2023

Huntington Drama Club’s Humbug a Hit with Audiences

Everyone loves a hit show and Huntington High School drama club members and stagehands took a collective bow late Saturday night after three performances of “Humbug” that left audiences on their feet applauding.

 Junior Sofia Rodriguez will star as Eleanor Scrooge in Humbug on December 8-9. (Darin Reed photo)
November 30, 2023

Cast of Drama Club’s Humbug Announced

The cast of the Huntington High School drama club’s December production of “Humbug” has been announced. Rehearsals are well underway in the auditorium. Three shows are planned.

 Linnea Wong and Dylan Brinn with Huntington drama club advisor Michael Schwendemann.
November 8, 2023

HHS Drama Club to Present Humbug on December 8-9

Rehearsals have started, the Huntington High School drama club is abuzz with holiday cheer as Christmas carols fill the air in the high school auditorium as Eleanor Scrooge awaits the arrival of those that will try to save her from herself.

 Linnea Wong and Dylan Brinn with Huntington drama club advisor Michael Schwendemann.
July 19, 2023

Huntington Drama Club Claims Four Hunting-Tony Awards

David Chavez-Hernandez and Linnea Wong captured this year’s John F. Kellog Theatre Awards and Dylan Brinn garnered the Joseph Samodi Theatre Arts Awards as the Huntington High School drama club capped off another successful campaign.


Drama And Theatrical Arts Information

About the Drama And Theatrical Arts Program

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A Part of Huntington Since 1928

“The Masque,” as Huntington’s drama club was known for many years, was first organized in the fall of 1928. “The original purpose of this organization was to develop individual talent in expression and artistic ability,” according to the 1931 edition of The Huntingtonian, the high school yearbook.

The early club was led by teacher Julia E. Vail, a graduate of Ithaca Conservatory. In addition to the study and practice of acting, Miss Vail held discussions on music, the art of make-up, book reviews and the merits of European and American theatres.

Early Critical Acclaim

In 1929, months after being formed, the club invited the community to a three act comedy called “The Youngest.” At the time, the club had a policy of presenting a single play a year. In 1930 the production was the fantasy “Prunella.” “Both of these plays were received by the students and the townspeople with acclaim,” states the 1931 yearbook.

The Masque’s symbol was “an Oriental face cut into the semblance of a charm with the letters HHS across the top,” according to The Huntingtonian. Students qualified for the charm by participating in a play production or selling at least a dozen tickets to one.

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Masque to Thespians to Drama Club

After the old high school building on Main Street closed and the new one opened at the intersection of Oakwood and McKay roads, the club name Masque disappeared and was replaced by simply Thespian. Eventually, the leading performers were nominated for membership in the National Thespian Society, the honor group for drama participants. The top Thespians teamed up with other students to stage their own production each spring and they supervised the annual Play Festival, which continues to this day.

The Masque of yesteryear is now simply known as the drama club. It stages a pair of productions each year, including a musical. There are still plenty of students eager to challenge and express themselves as each role requires.

Drama And Theatrical Arts Leadership

Michael Schwendemann

Michael Schwendemann

Drama Club Faculty Advisor

A graduate of John Adams High School in Ozone Park, Queens, Michael Schwendemann, or “Schwendy” as most students know him, earned a BA at CUNY-Queens College in communication arts and sciences and drama, theatre and dance. He obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama.

Mr. Schwendemann worked as an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University-C.W. Post College in the department of theatre, dance and film from 1996 to 2001. He was in Huntington during parts of 2001-2003 performing outreach for the National Shakespeare Company, but he never envisioned himself as a Huntington teacher.

“It was luck that landed me at Huntington High School,” Mr. Schwendemann said. “I was actually offered a job at Bay Shore High School, where I was student teaching, but the teacher I was to replace changed his mind about leaving. Nina Wolfe, the chair of the English department felt terrible and secured me an interview at Huntington. The rest, as they say, is history!”

Mr. Schwendemann began working full-time at Huntington High School in January 2003 and quickly became a student favorite. He has taught freshmen English along with the elective classes Holocaust in Literature, Bible as Literature, Multicultural Literature, Public Speaking and Theatre Arts.

“I can’t imagine teaching any place else,” Mr. Schwendemann said. “From day one I was accepted into the high school community. I love my colleagues and most of all the kids. Some days they make it hard to love them, but that passes quickly. The support I have received from all parts of the administration is unparalleled.”

Mr. Schwendemann has graced the stages of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where he worked with Michael Emerson and Norbert Leo Butz, the Roundabout Theatre Company, The Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre with Allison Fraser, The Fringe Festival, Genesis Repertory Theatre and The New York City Opera. He is currently a member of the Airmid Theatre Company with whom he recently performed two shows of Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” starring Margaret Colin at the newly renovated Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead.

As the faculty advisor to Huntington’s Class of 2006 and Class of 2010, Mr. Schwendemann maintains fond memories of those particular groups of graduates.

The drama club continues to energize the veteran educator. “The club has given me more happy memories than I can count,” Mr. Schwendemann said.

Course Offerings and Listings

Huntington HS

Drama And Theatrical Arts Scope and Sequence

Year by Year course offerings

Sophomore year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • THEATRE ARTS B: Play in Performance
Junior year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • THEATRE ARTS B: Play in Performance
Senior year

Courses

  • Choose 1 Course from Below
  • THEATRE ARTS B: Play in Performance
  • THEATRE ARTS A: Modern Drama

THEATRE ARTS B: PLAY IN PERFORMANCE – Seminar or Elective - Course #176-B (½ Year - ½ Credit) 5 periods weekly Offered to grades: 10, 11, 12 NOTE: This course may be taken only once. Students in grades 10, 11, 12 may take this course as an elective. This course develops students’ skills in theatrical performance. Through improvisation and scene work as well as study of theory and utilization of games and exercises, students explore their potentials as actors, gain poise and selfawareness. Students must keep an Actor’s Journal. Students will take children’s theatre scripts off the page and onto the stage. A final project will require students to perform within the school district a play complete with costume, lighting, set and sound design. The creation of a study guide for intermediate and middle school teachers is also required.

THEATRE ARTS A: MODERN DRAMA - Seminar - Course #176 (½ Year - ½ Credit) 5 periods weekly Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11 Modern Drama explores drama written in the 20th and 21st centuries by major European and American playwrights. Through close reading of the plays, students are brought to an awareness of major schools of dramatic writing such as naturalism, expressionism, and the theatre of the absurd. The course aims to use the plays as a vehicle for the examination of the manor issues of philosophical thought as expressed in the drama. Within a select unit, students work on drafting and finalizing their college essays. A research paper is required.

Middle School Program Information Coming Soon

Intermediate School Program Information Coming Soon!

Drama And Theatrical Arts Videos and Galleries

HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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Drama Club Galleries and Slideshows

Fall and Spring Productions

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'Humbug' Fall Production

December 8 2023

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'Humbug' Fall Production

December 8 2023

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'Seussical' Spring Musical

March 23 2023

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'Seussical' Spring Musical

March 23 2023

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'Almost Maine' Fall Production

November 2 2022

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Drama Department Honors

Information Coming Soon

200+

Challenging Academic Courses

14

Academic Departments

30+

Interscholastic Athletic Teams

90+

Colleges and Universities accepting 2020 HHS Graduates