Of all clubs at Fair Lawn High School, The Masques is among the oldest, and is probably the most rich in history and traditions. We count successful actors and directors among our alumni, as well as a great many others successful in their own fields and whose lives are enriched for having been members of The Masques.
Once a show is selected and show dates are set, a tentative rehearsal schedule is set. Rehearsals usually are six days a week (Monday through Saturday) with the club meeting from 2:45 pmto 5:00 pm on most weeknights and from 9 am to 1 pm on most Saturdays.
Over the April break we rehearse on about five of the nine days off (usually both Saturdays and three weekdays).
During Hell Week (the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of show week), we are here until 11:00 at night.
The above gives a rough idea of our rehearsal schedule (which usually lasts from six to eight weeks per production). Students need not attend every single rehearsal in order to join the club.Similarly, some students play a sport in one season and join the Masques for the other season. Students are told to "make whatever commitment you can to the club" and "just stick to it!"
The Masques are completely self-sufficient and do not take any money from the school in order to put on shows. Our main sources of fundraising are:
- Ticket sales
- Refreshments sold during performances
While we do sometimes sell videotapes of our shows or our semi- the occasional car wash or bake sale, the above accounts for the bulk of our fundraising.
Afterhis death, a fund was begun in Thomas Ratzin's name which was to provide an annual scholarship for exceptional theater students. Since the original fund was consumed, the Masques have donated money to the fund in his name to continue the scholarship.
Officers and Elections
There are six executive positions:
- President - Shannon Morgan
- Secretary - Charlotte Glassett, Emily Down
- Treasurer - Eden Hirsh
- Publicist - Shannon Morgan
- Historian - Daniel Marx
- Webmaster - Kristen Yphantides
Members of The Masques learn the fundamentals of stagecraft, including
- Set Construction
- Set Design
In addition to producing two shows each school year, The Masques is also involved in
- Middle-School Drama Orientation Day
- Teen Arts Festival
- Field trips
The role of the faculty advisor to The Masques has many facets: producer of the play, director, and teacher of theater arts, to name a few. The Masques' advisor is generally -- but has not always been -- the member of the English department faculty who teaches drama.
The current advisor is Michael Perrotta. Past Masques advisors include
- Bradford Harlan
- Lori Liskiewicz
- Matthew Gitkin
- Thomas Ratzin
- Constance Jackson Carlough
- Edwin Fisk