What’s Right with Schools: Bittersweet Theatre Performance at Pomperaug H.S in Southbury


Another year and another theater performance at Pomperaug High School in Southbury.

This year, the students will be performing “Anything Goes,” under the direction of Paul Doniger.

For the past 14 years, Doniger has taught drama at Pomeraug.

“He’s just a really good role model for the stage,” said junior, Taylor Dembski. 

But next year, the drama department will face a big change.

This is Doniger’s last year teaching, he’s announced he is retiring.

For students, it’s hard to hear…and for Doniger, it’s hard to leave. 

“This connects people, helping them become real adult human beings, it feels so good,” said Doniger.

Doniger said everyone works together to achieve something, worth achieving. 

“That’s a value that’s really important I think,” Doniger said. 

Doniger gets to retire this year knowing he has left an everlasting impact on his students. 

Senior Ben Bernard will be attending Emerson College to study film.

The drama department and teachings from Doniger at Pomeraug High School helped Bernard in his future plans.

“It absolutely fostered development for me,” Bernard said. 

But, the transition to a new drama teacher will feel different for underclassman students.

“We’re really going to miss him,” said junior, Grace Lomaro. 

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