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Drama High

The Incredible True Story Of A Brilliant Teacher, A Struggling Town, And The Magic Of Theater

By Michael Y Sokolove

Friday Night Lights meets Glee—the incredible and true story of an extraordinary drama teacher who has changed the lives of thousands of students and inspired a town.



Why would the multimillionaire 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 Misérables? 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. Volpe’s 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.

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Book

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781594488221


Format: Book
Author: Sokolove, Michael Y
Summary: Explores the life, career, and influence of Levittown, Pa., high school teacher and theater director Lou Volpe, focusing on his last school years and following a group of student actors as they work through dramas, both on stage and off.
Title: Drama high : the incredible true story of a brilliant teacher, a struggling town, and the magic of theater / Michael Sokolove.
Publisher Date: New York : Riverhead Books, 2013.
Subject: Volpe, Lou. High school teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography. English teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography. Theatrical producers and directors -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Educators. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs. PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General.
Isbn: 9781594488221 (hbk.) 1594488223 (hbk.)
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System Items Total: 5
Call Number: B Volpe
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Bib Id: 453204

Format: Book
Author: Sokolove, Michael Y.
Summary: Explores the life, career, and influence of Levittown, Pa., high school teacher and theater director Lou Volpe, focusing on his last school years and following a group of student actors as they work through dramas, both on stage and off.
Title: Drama high : the incredible true story of a brilliant teacher, a struggling town, and the magic of theater / Michael Sokolove.
Publisher, Date: New York : Riverhead Books, 2013.
Description: 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Volpe, Lou.
Subjects: High school teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography.
Subjects: English teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography.
Subjects: Theatrical producers and directors -- Pennsylvania -- Levittown -- Biography.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Educators.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
Subjects: PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General.
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.
LCCN: 2013019393
ISBN: 9781594488221 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1594488223 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: B Volpe