Participation doubles this year for Children’s Community Drama Group

In only its second year, the Children’s Community Drama Group has doubled in size and is looking to provide the local community with a down-sized version of the performing arts. This year the program has expanded to two groups: a fifth grade group and a sixth grade group. Fifth graders will meet on Thursday after school for instruction in the elements of acting. Their efforts will be demonstrated to the public in a production in the spring. The sixth graders are currently rehearsing on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for a play which will be presented to the community in November in two separate performances. The play they are working on is called “Roomers” and is written by Jerome McDonough. It is a hilarious one-act play about a group of unusual characters who live in a rooming house in New York City. The first of the two performances will be presented as a dinner theater hosted by the Brady Lions Club. Lions Club members will be providing the meal as well as selling tickets for the event. The profits generated from the dinner theater will be used for the spring Lions Honor Banquet’an event which honors McCulloch County high school students who achieve academic excellence. According to Mike Barbour, Lions Club member in charge of the event, the dinner theater will be an elegant meal of roast along with several side dishes and a desert. The dinner will be served by some of the best waiters in town’Lions Club members. The tables are going to be tastefully decorated, providing those who attend a chance to get dressed up and enjoy a great evening out. The dinner theater will take place Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brady Middle School cafetorium. Tickets for the dinner theater are $15 each and are available at James Long Real Estate or from a Lions Club member. Each table will seat six individuals, and for best seating possibilities, it is recommended that tickets be purchased well in advance, especially if group seating is required. For those who would like to see the play but are unable to attend the dinner theater, there will be an encore performance on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Brady Middle School cafetorium. Tickets for that performance are $2 each and are available at the Brady Standard-Herald office or the N Business Journal. The Children’s Community Drama Group is an organization that is totally funded by private donations and by businesses who advertise in the production playbill (program). If an individual would like to support the drama group, there are a variety of levels of support available. If a business would like to advertise in the November playbill, their request must be received no later than Oct. 25. All donors and advertisers for the November playbill will be listed in the spring production playbills as well. For more information about advertising, contact LeGrace DeFiore at 597-0684. Proceeds from advertising and from private donations are used to continue the program. Some of the costs involved in the productions include research, materials to build the sets, props, play book fees, royalty fees, make-up and costumes. “The number of children involved in the Children’s Community Drama Group has doubled since last season,” said Mrs. DeFiore. “There are presently about 50 children involved and our adult volunteers have also increased.” Jan Gardner is the main instructor and director of the plays. Marsha Finlay and Barbara Moorman are assistant directors in charge of building the set, gathering props and coaching the children. Mrs. DeFiore is a coach for the sixth grade drama students and is in charge of advertising, sales and publicity for both fifth and sixth grade productions. There are other adults involved in various capacities such as Mike Finlay who is helping build the set; Melissa Little who assists with coaching the fifth graders; and Susan Horton who is working on set design and materials with the sixth grade production. Anyone interested in volunteering their time or in providing financial donations can contact Mrs. DeFiore at 597-0684.

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