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.


This year's fall Cabaret was a great success! Vocalists and musicians performed nine songs from a variety of groups ranging from The Beatles to the Backstreet Boys and several songs from past Next Act musicals. The show was held over Family Weekend (October 26th) during the Next House Housemasters' Brunch. We hope you will join us next fall for delicious food, great company, and beautiful music!