AC’s Innovative 3-Day Play Stretches Imagination

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

Allendale Columbia Upper School students participated in an innovative experimental theatre experience: a Three-Day Play! Students worked with AC faculty and community experts to write, design, stage, and perform an original play, complete with a set and costumes…in one weekend! 

  • Friday, May 31st, 3 – 11 p.m.: Writing, editing, casting, read through
  • Saturday, June 1st, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.: Staging, rehearsing, designing, building
  • Sunday, June 2nd, 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon: Rehearsal
  • Sunday, June 2nd, 12 – 1 p.m.: PERFORMANCE!

Meet the Facilitators!

Please direct any questions to Amanda Meldrum at


The following students signed up to work on the 3-Day Play.

  • Reese Child
  • Felicia Conheady
  • Ava Douglas
  • Cassidy Draper
  • David Kennedy
  • Nolan Surkau-Parkinson
  • John Phillips
  • Jonathan Ragan
  • Gabriel Rosen


Amanda Meldrum (Event Manager/Director)
A native of Rochester, NY, Amanda has been on stage since she can remember, either in musicals, bands, orchestras, or choirs. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from SUNY Fredonia, has studied Vocal Performance and Music Education at Eastman School of Music, and has completed her master’s coursework in Creative Arts Therapy at Nazareth College. Her work as a music therapist took her to Detroit and Southern California, where she worked with children and adults in schools, hospitals, and community centers. After returning to Rochester in 2009, Amanda decided to pursue another passion and soon found herself immersed in the city’s vibrant world of youth theatre. She spent 6 years as a music director and vocal coach at Spotlight Theatre Arts and A Magical Journey Thru Stages before joining the faculty at Allendale Columbia School as a full-time music and theatre instructor. Amanda is so happy to be a part of the Allendale Columbia community, and loves watching our students grow from the rich, diverse experiences an education in the arts provides.
Chris Henning (Technical Theatre Expert)
Chris has been providing technical theatre education for nearly 20 years and has been with Allendale Columbia for 6 years. Chris also provides support for other special events on campus like Holiday Breakfast, Graduation, and TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchoo l. Over the years, Chris has worked with many local organizations and schools such as Nazareth College, JCC, and Blackfrairs. When Chris is not working in the theatre, he can be found touring the country providing production support for CMI Communications.
Amanda Gianniny (Writing Expert)
Ms. G. has been a writer since Kindergarten when she published her first book, Little Duck Hatches, a book so memorable her father still quotes it to this day. She went on to write more stories and poems and eventually combined her passion for writing and her love of live music and became a music journalist in Austin, TX. She covered concerts and music festivals and even interviewed several bands. In her day job, Ms. G. brought her enthusiasm for writing to the classroom and worked with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade as a tutor and classroom teacher. She was the leader of a summer writing program in Texas and has founded several writing clubs, including one here at AC! She currently spends part of her summers as an artist/writer in residence at a summer camp. Ms. G. is the literacy advocate for the Lower School. She is partial to poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing silly song parodies. “Everyone has a story to tell, and I love the process of helping writers to play with words and bring those stories to life.”
Nicole Carson (Design Expert)
Nicole has worked on scenic design, sets, props, and costumes for nearly every Allendale Columbia production over the past several years, including The Sound of Music, Through the Looking Glass, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods JR, and Peter Pan JR. In real life, she’s a baker at the Red Fern restaurant in Rochester.
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