Northview Theatre has its roots in programs originally created by Margaret Fairchild in September of 1928. It was during these years that Ms. Fairchild developed speech and drama classes for Sylvania Schools and became affiliated with the Ohio Speech League and the National Thespian Society for High Schools (now, the International Thespian Society). The program enjoyed many successes. According to Robert Wyandt in A Century and a Quarter of Education: Sylvania Public Schools 1841 - 1966, Ms. Fairchild states "in 1941, we won first place in the state one act play contest with Lawd Does You Understand? ... and entered the National Thespian Contest at the University of Indiana and received a superior rating."
 
The Northview Theatre program has enjoyed recent success as well. At home, we have enjoyed enthusiastic audiences and a wealth of community support including many sold out houses and a renovated performance space in 2011. The program has been invited to perform full length featured productions at the Ohio EdTA Thespian State Conference in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013. Northview Theatre also received a nomination to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival in 2008. Northview students have been selected to participate in the Ohio EdTA's "All Ohio Show," from 2006-2008 and 2010-2014. Most recently, Northview earned a 2nd consecutive Bronze Level Honor Troupe designation for the 2012 - 2013 school year and hosted the Ohio EdTA State Thespian Conference in March of 2013.
 
Some past directors (and years leading the program when known) include:
 
Nancy Brown, circa 1961
George Bang
Ron Elliot
Mark Ferguson, 1980 - 1983
Don Barnes
Brent Beerman, 1986 - 1989
Dan Dick
Judy Beebe, 1995 - 1998
Don Wachowiak, 1998 - 2001
Cori Krause, 2001 - 2002
Matthew Kizaur, 2002 - 2004
Don Wachowiak, 2004 - present
 
The current Sylvania Northview High School Theatre Program is under the direction of Mr. Don Wachowiak. He is assisted by Mr. Jason Rahe, Technical Director and Mrs. Courtney Rahe, Assistant Director/Costumer. Mr. Jeremy Davis, Vocal Director, Ms. Emily Hage, Instrumental Director,  Mrs. Karen Niewiadomski, Choreographer and Mrs. Linda Sankovich, Rehearsal Accompanist, join the directing team for Northview's full-length musical productions.
 
Northview Theatre produces two full-length productions each school year. In the fall, Northview Theatre produces a full-length musical, rotating between classic/traditional and contemporary titles.  Acting roles for lead or featured characters are often very competitive. Technical positions are generally more available for the musical due to the number of positions required.
 
In the spring,  a full-length play is performed. To give Northview's theatre students exposure to a variety of acting opportunities, the program attempts to rotate between comedies and dramas in various styles. Acting roles for the play are highly competitive as most plays have a cast of 8 - 12 people. Technical positions are competitive for the play as well.
  
In the past, Drama Club has produced a Winter One Act Festival where students have the opportunity to write and direct their own scripts. They also sponsor and produce the annual Red Carpet Awards.
 
2014-2015

Meet the Directing Team...

Mr. Wachowiak

Mr. Don Wachowiak, Director

Mr. Wachowiak's Northview debut was directing Marvin's Room in 1998After leaving Northview for three years, Mr. Wachowiak returned in 2004, and has led the program since. Mr. Wachowiak holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Education and a master's degree in Classroom Technology from Bowling Green State University. Mr. Wachowiak currently serves on the Board of the Ohio Educational Theatre Association and has most recently appeared on stage in Waterville Playshop's Seussical the Musical (2012) and 3B Productions' The All Night Strut! (2012) and Urinetown (2013).

Mrs. Rahe

Mrs. Courtney Rahe, Assistant Director & Costumer

Mrs. Rahe graduated from the Northview Theatre program in 1999, but rejoined us in the spring of 2004 when she was hired as the costumer for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Since, she has served in a variety of roles including director, assistant director, and dialect coach. She has costumed most full length Northview Theatre productions since 2004. Most recently, Mrs. Rahe was seen on stage in 3B Productions' Urinetown (2013).

Mr. Rahe

Mr. Jason Rahe, Technical Director

Mr. Rahe joined the Northview Theatre directing team in the spring of 2008 when Northview Theatre produced both male and female versions of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. He has tech directed every full length production since. Mr. Rahe made his onstage debut with 3B Productions' Titanic (2012) and appeared recently in Urinetown (2013).

Mr. Davis

Mr. Jeremy Davis, Vocal Director

Mr. Davis was hired at Northview in the fall of 2012 and joined the Northview Theatre directing team in the fall of 2013 for Shrek The Musical. Mr. Davis was formerly the vocal director and director at Bryan HS and spent some time working on a production in NYC. He has appeared locally on stage with 3B Productions' Urinetown (2013) and in Defiance in Company (2014).

Ms. Hage

Ms. Emily Hage, Instrumental Director

Though Ms. Hage joined the Northview Theatre directing team in the fall of 2013 for Shrek The Musical, she is no stranger to the Northview stage having played clarinet in Northview's Band and in Northview Theatre's pit orchestra as a student. Throughout college, Ms. Hage continued playing in several area high school pit orchestras. Ms. Hage is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she served as the Field Commander of the Falcon Marching Band. 

 

Mrs. Karen Niewiadomski, Choreographer    

Mrs. Niewiadomski joined the Northview Theatre directing team in the fall of 2014 for All Shook Up. She is a professional dancer and choreographer with more than 30 years teaching experience. She is the owner of D & D Dance Studio and has performed in New York, Chicago, Nashville Dayton and Orlando. Ms. Niewiadomski has choreographed for UT, BGSU, The Toledo Rep, Oregon Community Theatre and Perrysburg Arts Council as well as many local high school musicals.

Mrs. Sankovich

Mrs. Linda Sankovich, Rehearsal Accompanist

Mrs. Sankovich joined the Northview Theatre team in 2009 for Seussical the Musical. She has been a classically trained pianist since age 5, and graduated from The University of Toledo with a bachelor of music degree. Having taught private piano lessons for 15 years, Mrs. Sankovich now is very active playing piano for churches, high school musicals and school choirs. Past shows include Hats and A Christmas Carol with the Toledo Rep. 

Photos courtesy of John Fenstamacher, INVU PortraitsPhotos courtesy of John Fenstamacher, INVU Portraits 

 

Photos courtesy of John Fenstamacher, INVU Portraits