News & Events
New Prout Theatre Director’s Inaugural Production is Comedic Play
This fall, Prout’s Theatre Department presents two one-act comedies featuring over 60 students as performers and technical crew. On November 15 and 16 at 7pm, students will perform The Chronicles of Jane, Book 7 and This is a Test. Theatre Director Vivian Humphrey notes that both plays are physical comedies that provide the cast the opportunity to be very creative as they actually serve as props and parts of the set.
“The production notes want us to be creative—every production becomes very unique and very funny.” said Humphrey. Both play’s themes revolve around high school students—one is about the completion of a big term paper and the other is set in a classroom.
“There are also great performances that teach a lot about working together as a team. As my first play it is great to have the opportunity to see how the students interact.” she noted. “The kids are great. They are so eager--they really want to succeed. I love their enthusiasm. Mr. DiLullo left a group that are well trained and well versed in theater.”
Tickets are $10.00 for general admission and $8.00 for students and seniors. They are available at the door the night of the performance.
Prout Students Travel to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Mission Trip
This summer students at The Prout School had an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people living in abject poverty thousands of miles from our coastal Catholic school. Five students and chaperones from The Prout School traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to do work with Re-member, a charitable organization that provides support for the Oglala Lakota Native American people. Students included recent grads Olivia Dodd and Sara Carpenter and underclassmen Caitlin Gosciminski, Amanda Nolan and Mary Elizabeth Simkevich. Chaperones were Tom Keefe and Elaine Gosciminski. It was the passion of Principal David Carradini, now in his second year at Prout that inspired students to develop a relationship with Pine Ridge and the Lakota people who live there.
Prior to coming to Prout Carradini worked closely with the Pine Ridge community in his role with the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He provided educational programs to Native Americans and organizations working with at-risk youth.
His concern for the Lakota people and his description of the extreme poverty in which they lived inspired Prout students to do a number of projects for them during the last school year, including collections of blankets and books shipped to the reservation.
Mr. Carradini was unable to attend the summer trip, so history teacher Tom Keefe volunteered to chaperone with some student parents. “I have had the opportunity to participate in many mission trips,” Keefe explained. “I work in social justice and I have a passion for Native American history so I was thrilled to volunteer to go.”
The trip was a moving experience for everyone who went. The students did not travel across the reservation, but Tom Keefe had an opportunity to be part of the team that delivered the newly constructed bunk beds to families in need and deeply moved by what he saw. “I have been all over the world, mission trips both internationally and domestically, and I have never seen that kind of poverty,” he said. “To realize that this is our country and these people have lived here for hundreds of years and that they are still living in that kind of poverty--it is shocking.” Pine Ridge is located in the third poorest county in the United States and is plagued with high suicide rates among teens and alcoholism among adults.
“During my visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, I became aware of my love for these people. I feel obligated to keep increasing my service for my Lakota family,” wrote Caitlin Gosciminski, “It was the most fulfilling, fun, best week of my life and I want to remember if forever. If only everyone could have the same experience I did.”
Prout Welcomes New Theatre Director!
The Prout School is pleased to welcome new Theatre Director, Vivian K. Humphrey. Ms. Humphrey has 32 years of theatre directing, producing and management experience and has directed over 200 theatre productions. She has recently served as Founder, President and Artistic Director of the Triboro Youth Theatre, Inc. in Attleboro, an organization she founded, where she provided live theatre opportunities for 3000 school age children for over 15 years. In 2012 she was presented with the Spotlight Award from the American Association of Community Theaters. She also taught school in Virginia as well as served as the Artistic Director for Kinney and Company Youth Theatre. We are thrilled to have Ms. Humphrey bring her experience and talent to The Prout School.
And Ms. Humphrey notes, “I am excited to begin my work with the students and staff at The Prout School. They have an excellent reputation for both theatre and education. I am looking forward to sharing my love for theatre with the talented kids at Prout. The people I have met so far have been very welcoming and encouraging."
PROUT STUDENTS TRAVEL TO KENTUCKY FOR MISSION TRIP
Over the Easter break, sixteen students and three chaperones from The Prout School in Wakefield traveled to Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg, Kentucky to work with the Glenmary home missioners and help the poverty stricken community of Lewis County, Kentucky.
During the week, Prout students and chaperones worked at construction sites with People’s Self-Help Housing, an organization that works to build homes for lower-income families. They also worked at the local food pantry, which serves over 300 families per month, sorting food and clothes, cleaning, and building a new walkway. They visited nursing homes and a facility for people with disabilities and spent time with local residents.
In addition to the off-farm sites, they did some work around the Farm, made our own meals and were responsible for clean-up. Each night, they attended a more “cultural” event, ranging from the murals at the retaining wall at the Ohio River, to going to hear and dance to a local band, to a Christian Holiness service. Once the work was done, the kids definitely found time to “play” and enjoy each other’s company. One of their favorite things was to splash and play in the mud. It truly was one of those times when the students could find joy in simplicity, rather than in the “things” we all have come to rely on for distraction.
Oliver! to be performed by The Prout School Theatre Department
Wakefield, RI – The Prout School Theatre Department presents the musical Oliver! April 26 & April 27 at 7:00 pm and April 28 at 2:00 pm.
The play will be performed by a cast and crew of over 55 students from the Prout School. The performance is directed by David DiLullo. This is David DiLullo’s final performance as Theatre Director at The Prout School. He has been at Prout for 22 years and has directed over student 500 performances during his career there.
Bethany Clarke serves as musical director and the play is choreographed by Elizabeth Stackhouse.
Oliver! is a British musical, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. The show premiered in the West End of London in 1960. A successful Broadway production was launched in 1963 and further tours and revivals followed. It was made into a musical film in 1968. Major London revivals played from 1994-1998 and again from 2008-2011.
Tickets are $15.00 for general admission and $12.00 for students and seniors. They are available at Prout and at the door the night of the performance. They can also be purchased by calling the Prout School Theatre Hotline at 789-9262. Ext. 548.
The Prout School Theatre Department Presents “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde
'The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde is most likely the most famous of all stage comedies. The main plot revolves around the most ingenious idea featuring a case of mistaken identity ever put in to a play. The play premiered in London in February1895 and contains many "hints" of Oscar Wilde's autobiography with an unusual view of high society at the time.
Prout Theatre's unique take on this play has the audience sit on stage among the characters. "The Importance of Being Ernest" is rarely done in high school as a trivial comedy, which makes this presentation particularly interesting. Oscar Wilde's satirical representation of social issues of the time such as manners and marriage still resonate very well with today's audiences.
The play features Prout students; Dylan Winward, Peter Williams, Alex Pollan, Matt Monjay, Miller Schneider, Lauren Dennis, Christine Rossi, Tiernan Chase and Devon Toro. As well as a Prout student crew handling sound, lights and staging. "The Importance of Being Earnest" will be presented on Saturday, March 23 only. There will be two shows that day at 2pm and at 5:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchases at the door, in the main office at Prout or by calling 789-9262. Ext 514. Advance ticket purchases are recommended as the unique presentation results in limited seating.
SAVE THE DATE: Spring Auction!
The Prout School will be holding the 19th Annual Spring Auction on Friday, March 22 at 6pm at the Atlantic Beach Club in Middletown. Buffet dinner, raffles and exciting silent and live auction items. Join Prout families, friends and alum for this very special evening. If you have any questions, contact Sharon DeLuca at email@example.com. Click here for an RSVP form.
Prout Baseball Coach Mike LaBarbera named Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Male Coach of the Year!
Wakefield, RI – Prout congratulates Baseball Coach Mike LaBarbera as the RIIAAA Male Coach of the Year. LaBarbera was selected from nominees representing several other RIIL high schools for this prestigious award. The award was based on a number of criteria selecting “an exceptional coach who is viewed as a quality role model and leader of student athletes.” The award did not just focus on success in winning championships, but helping student athletes develop their athletic ability as well as sportsmanship, ethics, integrity and professionalism.
LaBarbera was nominated by Prout Athletic Director Mike Traficante for his success in growing the baseball program at Prout from a team of just 14 players and a 0-18 season in 2004 to winning six Division Championships and making five consecutive trips to McCoy stadium to participate in RIIL State Baseball Finals. In addition, LaBarbera has received three Sportsmanship awards in the last several years and every summer runs a successful baseball camp at The Prout School where he attracts over 100 young players to improve their baseball skills and their love of the game.
“This is a tremendous honor that is a direct result of the hard work, dedication and success of the entire Prout baseball community. “ LaBarbera said. “I truly believe it is reflective of many, many years of our combined efforts as a program. To be recognized by Rhode Island's Athletic Administrators in this way is something that I would never have imagined for Prout baseball. It deserves a huge thank you to the RIIAAA, and all of our players and parents through this unbelievable chapter for Prout Athletics.”