If nothing else, even the high-school level thespian is dedicated to the craft enough to see the debut performance of a play through, even in the face of a winter storm.
For weeks, drama club members from both Greenport and Mattituck High Schools have been working hard to perfect their annual high school musicals — “Guys and Dolls” in Greenport and “Once Upon a Mattress” in Mattituck, two classics for youthful performers who definitely have the pipes to pull it off.
Thursday's debut showings of the plays will go on, at 7 p.m. in Greenport and 7:30 p.m. in Mattituck.
In Mattituck, choir teacher Jacob Fowle and English teacher Anne Gilvarry are directing “Once Upon a Mattress,” a fun adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.
“This is a good one because it’s age-appropriate,” Gilvarry said. “We don’t have kids playing 60-year-olds or anything.”
Mattituck Junior Isabel Torgove plays Lady Larkin. This is the third musical for the singer and trumpet player and says that it keeps her busy during the winter, when she’s not involved in a sport like she is in the spring and fall.
“I love this character, she’s prim and proper but also feisty,” she said. “And my favorite part of the play is the costumes we get to wear.”
Brette Rosen is another junior with a lead role in the musical — she plays Princess Winnifred.
“She’s not the typical princess — she’s outgoing and a little crazy,” said Rosen, who is also actively involved in the school’s choir program.
In Greenport, an ambitious bunch have dedicated themselves to “Guys and Dolls,” doing their best Sinatra and Brando-esque New York City gangsters in a play done thousands of times in high schools across the country. Diane Peterson and Robert Horn direct this production.
Junior Briana Pagano and senior Peter Peterson play the lead roles of Nathan Detroit and girlfriend — or “doll” — Adelade. They both said that after rehearsing Sunday through Thursdays since October, they are ready to go.
“This really is one of my favorites,” said Peterson, a veteran player of the North Fork Community Theater in Mattituck who has starred in “Guys and Dolls” there before. “Each show is a different experience but this is always a fun one.”
Check back to this post for potential cancellations of any performance this weekend.