Operetta

  •  Advisor: Mr. Pomietlarz

    The Amherst Operetta Association has produced Amherst High School's annual musical production since 1950.  It is among the oldest high school musical theatre programs in Western New York.

    The "Operetta" is open to all students at ACHS, though every student must audition so as to assess their singing, acting, and movement abilities.  Periferal responsibilities include playing in the all-student pit orchestra, sound, lighting, stage and set crew, and make-up and costume staff.  There truly is a job for everyone - even if you are not a "stage" person, come be a part of the show by simply attending.  No performance is complete without an audience.
     
    Operetta auditions generally occur after Thanksgiving.  The rehearsal process begins the end of December, and contunes M-F 3:30 - 6:30, Saturdays from 10 - 2.  There are five performances the first or second week in Februray.  
    Following the Saturday evening production, we celebrate our efforts with a dance on stage, followed by a catered cast party with awards.
     
    Operetta Staff
    Justin T. Pomietlarz, producer and musical director
    Lisa Ludwig, stage direction
    John Fredo, choreographer
    Matthew Pendrak, orchestra direction/conductor
    Chris Cavanagh, scenic and lighting design
    Ed Burger, sound design
    Kari Drozd, costume design
    Sue Szafranski, make-up design
    Craig Incontro, orchestral musician
     
    Past Productions:

    2018:  Phantom of the Opera
    2017:  Beauty and the Beast
    2016:  Grease
    2015:  Guys and Dolls
    2014:  Bye Bye Birdie
    2013:  Les Miserables
    2012:  Oklahoma
    2011:  Urinetown: the Musical
    2010:  Leader of the Pack: the Ellie Greenwich Musical
    2009:  The Boy Friend
    2008:  Into the Woods (Kenny Award Finalist, Winner: Best Supporting Actress, Rachel Zimmer as Red Ridinghood)
    2007:  Seussical: the Musical
    2006:  Damn Yankees (Kenny Award Finalist)
    2005:  The Wizard of Oz
    2004:  Once On This Island
    2003:  Anything Goes
    2002:  Bye Bye, Birdie
    2001:  Hello Dolly
    2000:  Fiddler on the Roof
    1951:  The Mikado
    1950:  H.M.S. Pinafore