Villa Maria offers a variety of opportunities to work both on and off campus, including both a scheduled class and extra-curricular activities.
Theatrical Production and Design
The Theatrical Production and Design Course allows the young artists of Villa Maria to bring to life a full-scale theatrical production every fall semester.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson adapted by Bryony Lavery
In this adaptation, the narrator of this action-packed story is a girl. From Broadwayworld.com: “Robert Louis Stevensons swashbuckling [is]… a rousing new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. When a mysterious stranger and his treasure chest turn up on the steps of the Admiral Benbow Inn, Jim Hawkins doesnt realize she’s in for the adventure of her life. The stranger warns of a one-legged man and Jim finds herself on a daring voyage that will end at Treasure Island. Along the way she uncovers a mutiny, learns to navigate by the stars and meets the most fearsome pirate of them all, Long John Silver. Full of ships, parrots, treasure maps, and sea breezes, Treasure Island is for the young, the young in heart, and anyone who has ever dreamed of sailing under the Jolly Roger.”
Read a review of the play here.
2018-19: The Curious Savage by John Patrick
2017-2018: Who Will Carry the Word? by Charlotte Delbo (above)
2016-2017 : A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro
Marian Masques offers opportunities for students to showcase their theatrical talents by performing in dramatic productions throughout the year. The fall semester includes a short Christmas play where students can earn community service hours, and the spring semester includes a one-act play or series of small scenes centered on a particular theme. Marian Masques’ exciting new venture is writing and producing original shows that are uniquely Villa in theme and talent. Students may participate as actors, singers, dancers, stage managers, prop masters, light/sound technicians, set/costume/program designers, script writers, and more. Meetings and rehearsals are held on an as-needed basis, with the majority of rehearsals held in the spring leading up to the final production.
Light and Sound Crew
Members of the Light and Sound Crew are responsible for helping with light and sound in the auditorium for all liturgies, assemblies, and special events. Students learn how to focus lights and design light plots, as well as how to set up a variety of sound equipment. In addition, students have the opportunity to operate VMA’s state-of-the-art lighting and sound boards. Meetings and rehearsals are held on an as-needed basis.
Teacher/Director, Theatrical Production and Design Class
Mr. Bobby Cucinella is a member of the Social Studies and Fine Arts departments at Villa Maria. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from DeSales University, in Center Valley, PA, and has been performing since he was in kindergarten. Following graduation from DeSales, he spent three years performing professionally in various off-Broadway and community theater productions. During the course of those three years, Mr. Cucinella continued his love of directing theatrical productions at his former high school. This love for directing at the high school level led him to develop theater programs at two prior schools at which he taught. Now in his fifth year at Villa Maria, and fourth year in the Fine Arts department, Mr. Cucinella looks forward to another year of Theatrical Production and Design. Past directing projects at Villa include The Curious Savage, Who Will Carry the Word, and A Piece of My Heart.
Moderator, Light and Sound Crew
Domenic Zampogna is the moderator of the Light & Sound Crew. A school counselor at Villa Maria Academy since 2015, he has twenty years in Catholic Education including positions of Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at St. Pius X H.S. in Pottstown and Director of Guidance at Roman Catholic HS in Philadelphia. DJing events and celebrations for over twenty years brings helpful experience on the tech and presentation side.
Working with Malvern Prep and Devon Prep, Villa Maria girls have the chance to develop their theatrical skills, and enjoy the chance to meet and collaborate with young men from other Devon Prep and Malvern Prep.
The Malvern Theatre Society
The goal of The Malvern Theatre Society, a collaboration between Villa Maria Academy and Malvern Preparatory School, is to improve the acting and technical abilities of each student. Each year the society produces a full-length drama in the Fall and a complete musical in the Spring. VMA students are involved in all aspects of the productions, which are presented on the first two weekends of November and March.
Devon Prep Theater Program
Devon Preparatory School invites Villa Maria Academy students to participate in the Devon Prep Theater Program, which presents a fall drama and spring musical. Auditions are held at Devon Prep about three months prior to the opening of the show. Students interested in acting, singing, or dancing or stage crew in serious drama or musical comedy may use this as an avenue for their talent. The musical production usually allows for a large chorus so that many students have the chance to participate even if they do not have a large role in the production.