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Monday February 25, 2019 at 10:59am Age: 87 days
Category: Middle School, District


Emma, a high-school senior, decides she has a gift for matchmaking and begins to test it on her peers and her teachers—What can possibly go wrong?

One thing you’ll need not guess at: You will be dancing and lip-syncing in your seat when Emma's cast performs such “heartbreaker-dream maker” pop hits as, “Be my little baby,” “How will I know,” “Girls just want to have fun,” "Can’t hurry love,” “Hear me roar”—and another handful of  irresistible, familiar tunes!

But it’s our students that will evoke your sincerest applause. “I strongly believe that these kids are going to leave quite an impression on the audience,” said Director Shane Peters, MVMS Drama Club advisor and music teacher. “They are working so hard and the amount of talent on the stage is incredible. I could not be any prouder of the students in Drama Club. They have exceeded my expectations.”

Madison Boyce, a seventh-grader, made her stage debut in fourth grade at Otisville Elementary. “I love the wide variety of the show, all the different colors, the dancing and singing,” Madison said. It’s been fun, interesting, and a good learning opportunity. Working together helps us grow as a group, gain confidence, and appreciate each other more.”

A member of the seventh-grade band, Madison is also adept at sports. She’s on the girls' soccer team and hopes to try out for basketball next year.

Logan Barry, a sixth-grader, is a veteran of the Intermediate School stage and plays Harriet, Emma’s sometimes-shy, helplessly-romantic sophomore friend. “This show is a big jump from the Disney shows at the Intermediate School,” Logan said. “It’s a lot more work and effort, but acting is one of my favorite things. It makes me feel good and happy.” And it shows. Just wait till you hear Logan sing!

A serious student, and a lacrosse athlete, Logan acknowledges responsibility has never weighed so heavily. But, this being her first year at the Middle School, she is also excited to have friended so many seventh and eighth-graders.

Olivia Loeven, a seventh-grader with acting experience on the Otisville stage, decided to join the stage crew this time around. “I always wanted to try working backstage,” Olivia said. “It’s a lot of work but it’s really rewarding to see the results. Everybody is working together, getting along and learning to cooperate with each other.” With roughly 12 crew members, that is an accomplishment in itself. “The show is also a good, relatable pick. I knew some of the songs, so I like a lot.”

In fact, rumor has it, the show’s musical score has drama club members and their families singing together at home!

Emma's creative production team includes Pasqua Ventre, musical director; Andrea Ferguson, technical director; and Tina Anderson, assistant director.


Get your tickets and bring the family!