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The perks of being a drama student

Posted: March 17, 2009 12:37 a.m.
Updated: March 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Sara Struble, left, and Kamila Hoenke are part of the Placerita Theatre Arts Program. The drama club is currently working on a play called "Who Killed Elvis?" Performances will be held May 20 and 21. Tickets will be on sale in the Placerita Junior High School office.

Joining the Placerita Theatre Arts Program was one of the best choices I have made.

It is a program that gives all the kids who join a chance to be whoever they want and be accepted for who they really are.

Where else could you be a talking duck, a talk show host, an evil cat or a robber of Elvis' hair?

Our drama club meets after school from 2:35 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Thursday. It is well worth the commitment and the rehearsals are very fun and exciting.

We have three productions (shows) per year. In October is our talent show, in February our winter musical and in May our Spring Dinner Theatre.

Our drama club is directed and coached by Mrs. Kennedy. We just completed our winter musical, "HONK, Jr."

It was cool - our own teen version of the classic story of "The Ugly Duckling." It taught us kids tolerance for peers who are different.

Also, that sometimes adults do not set a good example for tolerance. It was so much fun.

Our drama club currently is working on our spring play, "Who Killed Elvis?"

The play is a fun little mystery about an old diner where every time they have an Elvis impersonating contest, someone gets killed. Just the name of the show brought the cast into hysterical laughter.

We invite you to attend on May 20 and 21. Tickets will be on sale in the Placerita Junior High School office. In addition to being fun, the drama club also prepares us for high school.

We learn to work together and learn singing, acting and dancing, which gives us good experience and puts us ahead of the game for high school.

We help Mrs. Kennedy design sets and costumes. It gives us confidence to try a lot of different things and to be whatever we want to be, if we want it bad enough. Our drama club has a cast and crew of 56 students.

We all enjoy every minute of the time we have together after school. We all have become great friends, and always welcome new kids if they want to join us.

Daniel Kummer is an eighth-grader at Placerita Junior High School.


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