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Cedarcrest presents 'Charlotte's Web'


Christopher Andersson

Cedarcrest Middle School student Julianna Kilroy, left, plays Wilbur and student Heather Warner, right, plays Fern Arable, in the school's presentation of "Charlotte's Web" on May 11

Cedarcrest Middle School's drama club presented its longest play yet with a presentation of the classic "Charlotte's Web" last week.

The middle school drama program is just over a year old now.

"We started the drama department here a year ago and this is our third production so far," said Darren Oke, Cedarcrest Middle School teacher and director of the show.

"We're trying to build the drama department here and hopefully next year we can do a musical as well," he said.

The drama club has performed "Dorothy Meets Alice" and "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf," but this is their first time taking on a play 90 minutes long.

The drama program has slowly grown through the work of students and parents.

"It's been a lot of fun and a lot of work to get it off the ground because there hadn't been drama here in several years," said Oke.

"We've got a good group of kids who were interesting in doing it, and then their parents jumped in and started contributing sets and props and costumes," he said.

On May 11, 12 and 13 the students put on the show for parents and community members.

"This is one of everyone's favorite stories," said Oke.

Mary Sadorus, the Cedarcrest Middle School student who plays Charlotte, said it was fun getting to play a character she's known since she was little.

"It's really awesome. Charlotte's Web is one of my favorite books so it's really cool to put my own take on the character," she said.

Students enjoyed performing in front of family, friends and the community.

"I really like the performing part. Having high energy and the energy of the crowd feeds off of it," said Sadorus.

"I like doing the funny stuff and I get to be a different person on stage," said Julianna Kilroy, the Cedarcrest Middle School student who plays Wilbur.

This is the first time Kilroy has had a lead role in a play, but she said she wasn't feeling any nerves.

"I am not that nervous, I'm actually excited," said Kilroy.

Oke said students like being on stage and entertaining people.

"They like to find extra things to do with their characters to be especially funny or especially nasty," he said.

Students also enjoyed bonding with their cast mates.

"I like that I get to hang out with my friends and I enjoy acting," said Kilroy.

Sadorus said the cast always becomes good friends by the end of a play at Cedarcrest Middle School.

A drama department helps student improve their confidence and their sense of responsibility, added Oke.

Christopher Andersson

Cedarcrest Middle School student Jesus German, right, plays Homer Zuckerman and student Trinity Jackson, left, plays Edith Zuckerman, during the first showing the school's presentation of "Charlotte's Web" on May 11.

"They get that confidence to be on stage and be able to speak in front of people," he said.

"There's a lot of memorizing lines and being at rehearsal," said Oke. "Everyone has to rely on each other to be there and do their part."

Oke added he looks forward to continuing the drama program at Cedarcrest next year.

"I enjoy getting to provide this sort of activity which is no longer funded in schools," he said, and added that "more and more kids are wanting to audition with each play."

Sadorus has been president of the drama club at the school since it started about a year ago, but this will be her last play as she is moving on to high school.

"I've always liked drama and theater so it was fun when my school got to do it," she said.

She looks forward to seeing how the drama club continues now, she said.

"It will be interesting to see how the drama club develops," said Sadorus.


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