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Archbishop Stepinac Drama Club Making History With 'Billy Elliot'

Tony Award winning “Billy Elliot actors David Alvarez (left in maroon shirt) and Trent Kowalik (next to him) recently visited the cast of Archbishop Stepinac High School’s production of “Billy Elliot."
Tony Award winning “Billy Elliot actors David Alvarez (left in maroon shirt) and Trent Kowalik (next to him) recently visited the cast of Archbishop Stepinac High School’s production of “Billy Elliot." Photo Credit:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Archbishop Stepinac High School’s acclaimed Drama Club has announced casting for its history-making production of Elton John’s “Billy Elliot,” which will be staged at the school’s Major Bowes Theater during five performances in May.

Stepinac sophomore Marc DeSanctis of Ossining will play the lead character of “Billy.” He is one of 57 students including young women from neighboring high schools in Westchester and Putnam counties who will perform in the Tony Award-winning musical about a boy in a rough mining town in England who would rather dance than fight.

Stepinac was the first high school in the U.S. that was selected to perform “Billy Elliot.” It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on May 1, 2, 8, 9 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults and $18 for children under the age of 12 and seniors. To order tickets, call 914-946-4800, ext. 200

Last year, Stepinac’s Drama Club was one of only a few schools in the U.S. that were licensed to perform Disney’s “Mary Poppins” which garnered top Metro Awards, the highest honors that high school production groups can win in the New York region.

Since 1949, the school’s Drama Club has won critical acclaim for its productions of fall dramas and spring musicals. It has also won the international recognition of performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The productions have nurtured the talents of many young students at Stepinac. Some went on to greater fame including Academy Award winner Jon Voight and Emmy-Award winner Alan Alda.

The Stepinac Drama Club is headed by Frank Portanova, Vice Principal for Academics and Curriculum who serves as the show’s Director and Keith Sunderland who is the Producer.

(See the attached PDF for the entire cast).

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