Another source of creativity can be found in the drama program. Children’s dramas will be performed in the spring and are geared toward “children” of all ages. The fall production, alternating between full length plays and musicals, has the entire family in mind. Classics are performed, as well as contemporary and period pieces.

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Fall 2017 Musical Announced

The drama and music departments are proud to announce that our fall musical this year will be Anne of Green Gables! We are also excited to have IMS alum Michael Swartzendruber join us as the director with the assistance of Alisa Kandel in directing music.  There was a great turnout for tryouts and practice has begun.

I talked with both Michael and Alisa about the musical, their involvement and what they are looking forward to this fall while they are working with IMS students.

What prompted you to answer the call for director of the fall musical?
MS: I was involved in theatre in college and did some directing there, so it felt like it was a good way I could pitch in and offer something to IMS.
What made you decide to juggle the responsibility of leading music for the musical along with your current teaching responsibilities?
AK: IMS was looking and Michael needed someone to aid him in teaching the students music.

How did you decide to do Anne of Green Gables?
MS: Anne of Green Gables is pretty female heavy, which is what we thought would work best this year. It also is a classic story that people know and love, but has a very timely message about experiencing individuals from “outside” who can drastically shape our world, and often for the better.

What are some of the challenges you anticipate?
AK: Some challenges may include fatigue from students, and not feeling like we have enough time to accomplish everything.
MS: Scheduling.

What are some of the joys you anticipate?
MS: It’s always a joy to see a script come to life, especially when the students bring unexpected and welcome character choices.
AK: Some joys would include students learning how to really create their character, understanding the plot fully the more we work on each scene and learning some exciting musical theater songs!

Did you both participate in musicals and plays at your high schools?
MS: I was in plays here at ims, including Hello, Dolly!, January Thaw and Cinderella
AK: I participated in musicals at Central. They included Honk, Into the Woods and The Music Man.

Has anything surprised you during auditions or getting started with practices yet?
MS:  I think I’ve been surprised at the energy and interest towards the play. We have been glad to have so many students want to participate in many different ways.

Anything else you’d like the IMS community to know?
MS: We are going to put on a great show. The cast is excited and so are we!

Past Performances

The spring children’s drama under the direction of Donna Swartzendruber, Amy Drayfahl, Lorene Bender and Laurie Miller was held on Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 and Sunday, April 30, 2017. The three productions were Jack and the Three Sillies, The Pretender Hen, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Between these plays were fun-loving performances of Dancing, Gymnastics, Stomp, and Synchronized Swimming. 

Performances were held Saturday, November 5, 2016 and Sunday, November 6, 2016 for Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner by Pat Cook. 

What do you do when you have three geriatric sisters as patients, and all they want to do is sit at home and talk to each other? You move another person in with them. At least that’s what Doc Lomax does when he has a new nurse needing a place to live – a nurse with a secret.  Nurse Jean soon has the sisters planning parties, pulling pranks and jogging around town. But, when their nephew shows up with plans to sell the house, things get complicated again, especially with Christmas just around the corner.

The cast included Gretta Rempel, Emma Beachy, Nick Yutzy, Payton Hart, Palmer Thomas, Cole Roth, Cole Yoder, Roman Slabach and Lara Kliewer. The drama was directed by Megan Miller (’06) and Allison Yoder (’09).


The spring children’s drama, featuring 27 students in two separate performances under the direction of Karenza Yoder, was held on Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016 and Sunday, May 1, 2016. The two productions were The True Princess and Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor. Between these two plays was  fun-loving performances of The Duck Song, Dueling Trap Sets, Synchronized Swimming, and The Cow Town Ballet

On November 7 & 8, 2015 the musical Cotton Patch Gospel was performed. Cotton Patch by Tom Key and Russell Treyz is based on the book, The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan. In this Greatest Story Ever Retold, the gospel is presented in a setting of rural Georgia with a bluegrass band accompanying the singers with music and lyrics written by Harry Chapin. As this gospel begins, Mary Davidson gives birth to Jesus in an abandoned trailer, Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again. The cast consists of 24 students.

The Curious Savage by John Patrick was performed on November 8 & 9, 2014.  THE STORY: Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a “sanatorium” hoping to “bring her to her senses.” But Mrs. Savage is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. In the sanatorium she meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason for her to remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren try to browbeat their mother, but she holds the final card. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans. Cast members include: Isaac Miller, Emma Beachy, Cole Yoder, Jory Conrad, Timothy Bender, Natalie Earnest, Kaycee Miller, Kaylin Brokaw, Jacob Bruns, Anne Buckwalter, and Michaela Gingerich. 

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The Children’s Drama April 5 & 6, 2014.

“The Little Mermaid” November 9 & 10, 2013