Next Act

Founded in the spring of 1985 by Lauren Singer '86, Next Act began as a small but dedicated musical theater group composed of Next House residents. Under Lauren's direction, Next Act performed "Anything Goes" as its debut production, followed by "The Pajama Game" in the spring of 1986. Upon her graduation, Lauren passed the Director's Hat to Ivan Deutsch '87 who followed in her footsteps by directing the Spring 1987 production of "Sweet Charity". Since that time, each Next Act director has continued the tradition of passing along the Director's Hat in this manner.

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The Popping of the Director's Hat

Each performance of Next Act kicks off with the ceremonial popping of the Director's Hat. At the conclusion of the final performance, the Director turns over the hat to his/her successor who pops it for the first time to signify the end of yet another season.


Some years, Next Act members put on Cabaret in the fall. Vocalists and musicians perform songs, both from musical theater and not. We hope you'll join us at our next one for delicious food, great company, and beautiful music!