Middle School Thespians Prepare for Opening Night

The incessant snow has not only produced dangerous driving conditions this winter but world class levels of cabin fever among kids and parents alike. If your family is looking for a fun activity, you’ll agree that the timing of this year’s middle school play couldn’t be more perfect!

Beginning this Thursday evening at the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center, under the direction of Shawn McMasters, 46 middle school thespians will be presenting a combination of one act plays based around these children’s stories:

  • Three Fairy Skits and a Tale
  • The Golden Goose
  • Through the Looking Glass
Allendale Fine Arts Center, Ceglarek Fine Arts Center

photo of the CFAC courtesy of Building Schools; click for link.

Mr. McMasters shared his enthusiasm for this group and what they bring to the stage. “The students always  bring wonderful ideas that add so much humor. We really try to put on shows to make people laugh, and I really think we have achieved that with this. Not a single rehearsal has gone by where I haven’t laughed right out loud with the students.  They are a talented group of young people. It is truly a delight to watch them have fun.”

While some might assume that snow or canceled practices have proved the most challenging hurdle for this team of actors, Mr. McMasters says that keeping involvement levels fair was even more difficult. In fact, making sure that everybody who wanted to be involved was able to participate was one of his reasons for selecting multiple one-act shows. Mr. McMasters said that this approach divides up the roles a bit more, allowing some students to have one larger part and others to balance out their time with two smaller roles.


photo of the CFAC courtesy of Building Schools; click for link.

The cast this year is a mix of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, with the 6th grade class representing the majority at about twenty students participating. You’ll see most of the 6th graders bringing energy and excitement to Three Fairy Skits and a Tale. The 7th graders, about nine total, will be supporting Through the Looking Glass. Mr. McMasters notes that they have grown a lot in the past year and have enjoyed sharing their ideas during practice. The 8th graders round out the troupe, bringing strong skills, “particularly with comedic ability,” said Mr. McMasters. You’ll see many of AMS 8th graders in Through the Looking Glass and  The Golden Goose.

As we know, no production would be complete without the many helping hands of those on the crew. Their dedication to sets, props and keeping things running smoothly cannot be underestimated. “The crew has been absolutely wonderful about set design and getting things together.  They deserve so much credit, and they have a lot of talent, as well.”

The group will offer three performances for the community. We hope you’ll come out and join us!

  • Thursday, Feb. 6th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb 7th at 7:00 p.m.  
  • Saturday, Feb. 9th  at 12:00 noon.  

Tickets are $3.00 at the door; children under 5 are free.

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