Cape theater students raise $11,000 for Broadway Cares

Meet 'Something Rotten' cast after Broadway show

By Melissa Steele | Jan 28, 2016 4

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Cape Henlopen theater students meet with members of the cast of "Something Rotten." Pictured in front are (l-r) Lia Naselli, Filippo Mariano, Martha Pfeiffer, Alli Payne and Brooke Sposato. In the second row are Kevin A. Brown, Savannah Shockley, Aaron Latta Morissette, Sean Dorney, Seth Caswell, Richard Sommerfield, Ahkeem Waples, Hannah Lowe, Scott Nye, Caitlin Hudecheck and Theresa Collins. Cast members include Aaron Kaburick, Elizabeth Earley, Jenny Hill and Patrick Wetzel.

Cape Henlopen High School theater students traveled to New York City Jan. 20 with a big check in hand.

Since 2010, the group has raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year's total was $11,000.

In return, the Cape theater group received complimentary tickets for the Broadway show “Something Rotten.” Following the show, Cape Henlopen High School Theatre Academy students met with cast members.

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“Nothing could possibly compare to the honor of being recognized by the people we respect the most, the people we aspire to be,” said Martha Pfeiffer, director of the Cape Henlopen High School Theatre Academy.

Over the past five years, Cape theater students have raised more than $35,000 for the charitable organization, Pfeiffer said.

Tom Viola, founder and executive director of Broadway Cares, has arranged question-and- answer sessions over the years with actors including James Franco, Paul Rudd, Ed Asner and Michael Shannon.

“We have had some pretty amazing experiences over the years,” Pfeiffer said. “Each time we come to see a Broadway show, Tom arranges something wonderful for us.”

Meeting the cast of “Something Rotten” made the trip special, she said.
“We all felt like Cinderella at the ball,” Pfeiffer said. “I was absolutely floored.”

Cape Henlopen Theatre Academy is rehearsing for “The Laramie Project.” The show will run Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 5-7. A percentage of the money collected will be divided between Broadway Cares/EFA and The Matthew Shepard Foundation.

For more information, contact Pfeiffer at

                                                                                                          Brian D'arcy James and the cast of "Something Rotten." (Source: Submitted)

Cape High students meet with cast members of "Something Rotten." Students pictured (l-r) in front
are Savannah Shockley, Sean Dorney, Lia Naselli, Seth Caswell, Filippo Mariani and Richard Sommerfield.

(Source: submitted) 

Cape Henlopen H.S. first public school in nation to perform "School of Rock"

Cape Henlopen H.S. first public school in nation to perform "School of Rock"

LEWES, Del. - 

The set is ready, the lights are hung, but this isn't your traditional high school musical.  Students at Cape Henlopen are hitting the stage with guitars, drums, and plenty of rock and roll as they become the first public high school in the nation to perform "School of Rock". 

Martha Pfeiffer, the director of the show tells 47ABC "this is the first show we've ever sold tickets in advance that we actually have so many people in the school saying "hey, we're coming, when is it?" and I think it's because they know the film."

The original movie stars, Jack Black, and his character Dewey Finn is being played in this production by senior Adam Latta-Morissette.  With only three weeks to prepare, the cast underwent their own "School of Rock". Latta-Morissette tells 47ABC that [the band] "all had to learn for the audition, and then from the audition get our music and learn the music.  So I think it's satisfying we had a check mark, and had to get to this point and we got there."

Aaron, who credits Pfeiffer for his love of acting (he will be attending the New York Film Academy on scholarship) says he and the cast work so hard for their teacher.  "She's just really good at what she does, she doesn't accept us doing anything less than awesome, which is cool, because we put on really good shows." he tells 47ABC.  Which is why he nominated Pfeiffer for a Tony Award for teaching.  She has made it to the final few rounds and if she wins, she says she hopes it will benefit her students. "Then you go to the after party with like Lin-Manuel Miranda from "Hamilton" I mean he's up for best musical, and Andrew Lloyd Weber will be there for "School of Rock" and so I want to network I want to meet all these people and bring Lin-Manuel Miranda down here and talk to my kids". 

Shows at Cape Henlopen will be performed April 29th, 30th as well as May 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th.  Friday and Saturday Shows are at 8:00 PM and the Sunday Matinee is at 2:00 PM. More information can be found on their Facebook page:

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Cape Henlopen High School Theatre Academy

(LEWES, Del.)- Co-stars from the 1973 movie "Jesus Christ Superstar," Bob Bingham and Kurt Yahjian, shared their expertise with Cape Henlopen High School theater students today. 
During the classes students performed for the celebrity guests who then gave them advice and guidance. 

Richard Sommerfield, a senior, thought the exercise was very helpful, "It's really refreshing to have people who have been acting their whole lives critique you on your acting when you are just starting." 

Theater director, Martha Pfieffer, was responsible for encouraging the actors to come to Delaware. She says Bob Bingham has been her celebrity crush for since she was a high school student. 

Now Pfieffer is thrilled he is teaching her students: 

"Out of all of the schools in the country they are here, they respect the program they respect what we do." 

Not only were the students inspired by the discussions today but also were the actors. 

"When I see kids like this who have this amount of energy and positive outlook, which is what I need, I need to see that to be re-inspired every day" said Kurt Yahjian. 

Yahjian is currently touring the country with the musical group "The Tokens."