Phot: Screenshot from video by Alek Lewis

The Riverhead Blue Masques will present the Long Island premiere of “The Prom” this weekend at the Charles Cardona Auditorium at Riverhead High School.

The performances, which mark the Long Island premiere of the show, are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.. Tickets can be purchased in advance online and cost $5 for Riverhead students and $15 for general admission. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

“The Prom” is a musical-comedy that follows a lesbian, Emma, who becomes an outcast after her small-town Indiana high school cancels its prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. After Emma’s story becomes national news, washed-up Broadway actors travel to Indiana to help set things straight, hoping to get some publicity to reinvigorate their careers along the way. 

The show was inspired by the events of the 2010 Itawamba County School District prom controversy in Mississippi. 

The 2018 Broadway production won the drama desk award for best musical and was nominated for several Tony Awards. The show is rated PG for minor language and content. 

The show stars Ava Sidik as Emma Nolan; John Ellis as Barry Glickman; Avery Rubino as Dee Dee Allen; Noah Lake as Trent Oliver; Cheyanne Metzger as Angie Dickinson; Ethan Caskie as Mr.Hawkins; and Kathryn Thompson as Alyssa Greene. The show is directed by Blue Masques advisor Laura Nitti and assistant directed by student Olivia Meyer, with choreography by student Avery Rubino.

RiverheadLOCAL caught up with the cast during dress rehearsal this week to talk about the show. Watch our report to learn more about the show.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: