The Merchant at Monterey High

Merchant at Monterey poster


For Immediate Release

December 14, 2014


Monterey High School Players and HARA Motion Pictures will premiere a documentary on the making of a play, “The Merchant at Monterey High.” On Friday, January 16 at 7:30pm at Monterey Peninsula College, Lecture Forum Room 103 to celebrate classical theatre by high-caliber Monterey High School youth.

Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is being presented from a fresh new perspective. Twenty-six scenes of the MHS’s 2012 stage production, from the eyes of ambitious 9th to 12th grade high school students, will learn to master this classical text from the cold-reading to the final performance. From the audition to the closing night performance, a documentary crew captured every dramatic moment of what it’s like to be an actor in a stage production at Monterey High School. For the thousands of actors who have gone through the drama program under the direction of Larry Welch – and the parents who’ve supported them – this film is for them.

Cinematographer and Editor, Michael Buffo commented saying “It’s the film every theatre company wishes they would make. This has been a dream of Larry’s for 20 years and after two years of editing, I couldn’t be more proud of the potential this film has for inspiring our community.” Director Larry Welch designed the concept of the film to show local viewers what it’s like to be on the journey of making a high school play. Driven by the comedy of watching these kids take his sometimes nutty direction and the drama of doing their best to meet his high performance standards, this is a film that simply can’t be paused. Once it starts, Buffo added “you’ll be gripped by the actor’s courage, the legendary director’s lessons on acting, and the steady stream of theatrical surprises.”

A $5 donation is recommended to support the direct cost of this world premiere movie event by the Monterey High Drama Players.

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Media Contact:

Michael Buffo


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