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Author Sokolove, Michael Y.

Title Drama high : the incredible true story of a brilliant teacher, a struggling town, and the magic of theater / Michael Sokolove.

Imprint New York : Riverhead Books, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Volpe,L SOK    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 VOLPE,L SOK    Available
Description 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Good boys and true -- We were an American family -- You're Cheryl Moody -- It's a play, dude -- Here's something I do well -- Volp, we're gonna bring the heat! -- No child remains lost in Levittown -- I would kill for you -- I just wished I could have loved her more -- Spring awakening -- The edge of the knife -- Are you all from the knitting club? -- If you haven't done it, imagine it.
Summary "Why would the billionaire producer of Cats, the Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of Les Miserables? He went to see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows like Rent and Spring Awakening before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation. In four decades of teaching, Volpe has changed the lives of thousands of children while uplifting a school and a town. His students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders. Michael Sokolove, a Levittown native and former student of Volpe's, chronicles the drama director's last school years and follows a group of student actors as they work through riveting dramas both on and off the stage. This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater "--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Volpe, Lou.
High school teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography.
English teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography.
Theatrical producers and directors -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography.
ISBN 9781594488221 hardback
1594488223 hardback

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