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Friday March 18, 2016 at 6:20pm Age: 3 yrs
Category: District, Middle School


On or off stage, every one of the 89 middle school students in the drama club played a role in the twice sold-out production of Music Man Jr. on March 10 and 11.  In the words of director Teresia Parker, the endeavor was truly a community effort. “No part of this was more important than another,” she said. “Actors, stage crew, construction and tech teams, concession helpers, students, teachers, parents—it took everyone to make it happen.”


The school’s spring production was dedicated to the memory and legacy of Chris Corwin, a beloved middle school technology teacher who devoted countless hours to help build the sets for every stage production for the past three years. A portion of the proceeds from the two performances of Music Man, Jr. were donated to the MVMS technology club in memory of Mr. Corwin.  


All aspects of the show involved middle school drama students and they were eager to share their feelings about being a part of this substantial endeavor. Many spoke of learning to get along, making friends and relying on each other, especially when anxiety struck.


“We may begin as strangers, but we end as a family,” said 8th grader Julia


“We also learn to respect the work of others, like the people who make our costumes,” said 6th grader Logan. “We learn to be grateful and appreciative, and how to be safe,” added Penny, a performer in 8th grade.


Several actors also value the knowledge and appreciation they gained for the cultural and social norms of the early 1900’s.


“We got a feel for what life might have been like during that time period,” said 7th grader Shawn. 


The oldest students in the group were also aware of their modeling role.


“Every year we learn new techniques and we get to share them with others,” said 6th grader Felicity. “Sometimes younger kids can learn from older kids, and we all learn from each other.”


And that’s not all.


“You also get to know yourself. I didn’t know I could dance and sing like I do,” said 8th grader Elizabeth.


For the technical crew, respecting each other and learning how to work through problems together were atop of lessons learned. But they were also proud of the skills they developed, such as listening to cues and using spotlights and mics.


Most of all, students were eager to say, “thanks” to a very supportive community.