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Tell Me Something: Shane Valle brings it like Broadway

Published 09/02/2013 12:00 AM

Tell Me Something is a Q&A feature that spotlights interesting people doing interesting things. It appears every Monday on graceforwomen.com.

Shane Valle, an Old Lyme native and resident of New London, is entering his 10th year as the drama director at Waterford High School. His program, WATERFORDrama, is one of the top high school theater groups in the state. Their productions of "Les Miserables," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Laramie Project," "Noises Off," "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Guys and Dolls" among others, have repeatedly been classified as "so much more than high school theater." Valle calls WATERFORDrama "a little bit of Broadway in your own backyard."

Say you have a present day high school locker. Whose picture would be hanging in it?

My nieces, Jocelyn and Chloe.

What's your favorite sandwich?

Pretty much anything from the Hamilton Street Market.

What's your favorite Beatles song?


Let's play theater time machine. What show opening night would you have loved to have been in the audience for?

"Les Miserables" ... or maybe "Rent" ... or maybe "West Side Story".

Name an item you can't live without:

My iMac.

Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:

Some of the stuff in the back of the fridge.

Last book you couldn't put down:

Book: "Inferno" by Dan Brown

Script: "It's only a Play" by Terrence McNally (October 17-19 at Waterford High School!)

You're a DJ at a club. What is the night's last song:

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra.

What's a word you can never spell correctly on the first try?


What's the last TV show you binge-watched?

I think I watch a new series every week. This week was BBC's "Copper".

Name your favorite performances.

In a movie: Al Pacino/Robert DeNiro in "Godfather II" or Bill Murray in "Caddyshack". It's really a toss up.

On stage: Nathan Lane in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".

On television: Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman on "The West Wing".

Which is better, Saturday night or Sunday morning?

Sunday morning. I love me some George Stephanopoulos!

The Tony Awards or the Oscars?

I'm a theater guy after all - the Antionette (Toni) Perry Awards! The TONYS!

Sorbet or ice cream?

Is the ice cream from Michael's Dairy? If so, then ice cream. Why doesn't sherbet get a vote? I like sherbet...

Soduku or crossword?

Soduku first and then the crossword if I have time. Every day on www.theday.com. Do I get bonus points?

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

A lawyer or a politician. My family thought I was going to be a priest!

What historical event would you like to have been witness to?

JFK's Inauguration.

What is your favorite local place to recharge and/or find serenity?

DEEP Marine headquarters in Old Lyme.

What's your favorite board game?

Apples to Apples.