NHS Drama Presents Amadeus, Nov. 18-20
The Tony award-winning show will be the first in the new high school.
The Norwood High School Drama department is proud to present Peter Shaffer’s Tony award-winning play Amadeus, Nov. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in the new Norwood Senior High School Performance Center.
Directed by NHS drama instructor John Quinn, the play has been double cast, featuring juniors Leo Blais and Matt Foley in the role of the jealous Antonio Salieri, and senior Phil Gustafson and Junior Eddie Hernon playing the young, brilliant Mozart.
Based on Alexander Pushkin's 1830 poem, Peter Shaffer's Amadeus depicts the fabled life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a young upstart musician in eighteenth century Vienna and his encounters with Antonio Salieri, the Viennese court composer who has pledged his life's work to God. Salieri, upon determining that God has blessed Mozart to be his voice on earth, rather than himself, plots the undoing of Mozart's sanity and ultimately his life. Though rooted in fiction, Amadeus resonates with the truth of jealousy and obsession in its musings on real historical characters and events.
Amadeus is considered by many critics to be one of the best plays written in the 20th century. First produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain in London, the original production ran from December 1980 to October 1983 for a total of 1183 performances. In 1984, Peter Shaffer adapted the original play for the film directed by Milos Forman, which received the 1984 Academy Award for Best Picture.
General Admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For more information please contact the NHS Fine Arts department at 781-352-3546.