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Columbia High School
17 Parker Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Columbia High School (CHS) has students from South Orange and Maplewood. Dr. Lovie Lilly is the principal. Famous gradsMore (and inductees to the CHS Hall of Fame) include Lauryn Hill ('93), Elisabeth Shue ('81), Andrew Shue ('85) and Paul Auster ('65). School statistics are taken from the state Department of Education's school report card for 2006-2007.

One of the most recent improvements to the school was converting the industrial arts section in the B-wing into a Black Box Theater used by the school's Parnassian Society for theater productions. Columbia competes in the Iron Hills Conference and is historically strong in soccer and track and field.
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
5 Mead St, South Orange, NJ 07079

Dreamcatcher is an equity theater group that's in its sixth year performing at More target="_blank">The Baird.

It's a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

In the 2008-2009 season, Dreamcatcher is presenting two mainstage productions, two improvisational comedy nights, two new play readings, one holiday variety show, and the Dreamcatcher Junior show with child actors.

Spring's mainstage production is "The Great God Money," which will run March 6-22.

Dreamcatcher also has a four-week Summer Theatre Conservatory for students 10-17. Programming is supported by grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and private donors.

Dreamcatcher sends audition notices to Actors' Equity, though most of the performers are resident members of the company.

The group is available for private parties -- either before or after a performance at the Baird, or for receptions at locations in the area.

It offers interships to high school and college students, who work as crew managers or stage managers on productions.