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Alumni Return To Campus to Perform Tony Award-Winning Musical

Nearly 20 alumni from The Episcopal School of Dallas took the stage for the summer’s annual Alumni Musical, "Urinetown." This year’s production, under the direction of Lauren Redmond ’01 and the School’s Upper School music teacher, Joe Snyder, debuted on August 7 in the Bray Performance Hall. Members of the ESD community, including past and current faculty and staff, alumni, and current students and parents showed up to pack the house on each of the three evening performances.

“Seeing so many alums come back and put on a show for the rest of the community was such a great experience,” Megan Boyd ’09, ESD’s Alumni Relations Manager said. “The cast spanned more than 15 years of classes; it was great to see everyone renew old bonds and form new friendships.” 

Bryan Barnett ’00 served as the show’s technical director; Catherine Talbot ’13 served as the production’s stage manager and make-up designer, and also performed in the musical. Other cast members included: Alex Beane ’13, OJ DeSouza ’02, Jonathan Dewbre ’99, Overton John Fullylove III ’90, George Graves ’01, Morgan Harrison ’00, Meredith Miller Higgins ’03, Donna Marie Knight ’10, Victoria Knight ’12, Gabby Laurendine ’14, Katherine Montgomery ’10, Michael Said ’06, and Emily Marie Stephenson ’06. Allie Becker. Michael Colonnetta, and Randy Rivero also helped with the technical side of the production.

This year’s play highlighted the comedic instances of having to use the restrooms while traveling abroad, only to learn in the 11th hour that coins may be needed to operate the facilities. The hidden message conveys the importance of conserving natural resources and limiting water consumption use.

“ESD's production of 'Urinetown' was fantastic! The quality of the acting, singing, dancing, musicality, and staging was so impressive,” Meredyth Cole, ESD’s Head of School said. “The production and interpretation of the script was witty and creatively interpreted. Many thanks to our talented alumni for giving back to the community so generously!”

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Friday, August 8, 2014