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North Salem High School Stages Cult Classic 'The Breakfast Club'

Junior Michael Henshaw plays rebellious delinquent John Bender. In this scene, he hides under a desk from the school principal. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The North Salem High School Drama Department is bringing a classic 1980’s film to life this weekend. Director and adviser Jennifer Molloy promises that 30 years later, the story is still relevant and will resonate with teens and their parents today.

In the 1985 film, five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. Molloy, with her background in theater, said she jumped at the opportunity to do the show.

“I still find that these stereotypes in some aspect ring true today,” she said. “Maybe not so much in North Salem, because we’re a small school, but I still think that it exists on some level.”

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There is Andrew (Edward Bergham), the stereotypical jock; Claire (Dayna Gorbutt), the “popular” girl; Allison (Julianna Austin), the artistic weirdo; John (Michael Henshaw), the rebel; and Brian (Jasper Gitlitz), the brain.

“I think that the Eighties have become a little revitalized,” said Molloy, a 12-year teacher at the school. “I know the demographic of parents is where my age bracket is...I grew up in the 80s. I thought people would be intrigued to come. It definitely pushes the envelope a little bit.”

The cast and crew of about 10 is attempting to stay as true to the film as possible. They said that the movie’s most iconic scenes will be acted out on stage, although some of its more mature content will be edited.

“It’s edited, so there should not be any vulgar language,” Molloy said. “Artistically, you can’t compromise the reason realistically why these kids make a connection at the end of the day.”

Molloy said the cast is talented and each was chosen carefully for their role.

“You can’t take your eyes off them,” she said.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $7 for students and $15 at the door for non-students. The show will be performed in the middle/high school auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 9.

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