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.
The performances of the musical Anne of Green Gables were held on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017.
This musical is based on the Anne of Green Gables novel by L.M. Montgomery. It captures the life of orphan Anne Shirley as she begins a new life in Avonlea. Her fiery spirit matches her red hair and she gets off to a rocky start in her new home. But Anne soon charms everyone in Avonlea as they come to appreciate her imagination, her passion, and her heart.
The musical was directed by Michael Swartzendruber and Alisa Kandel.
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.