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Junior Journalist Update from Addams – By Ryan K.

In preparation for the school musical, actors have been auditioning, and the backstage crew is gathering. This year, “Peter Pan Junior” is the musical, and the roles have already been filled. The backstage crew is starting to gather and distribute the jobs among the group. Students who wanted to be involved with the play, yet not actually acting in the play, are able to choose from a variety of jobs that will all help bring the play together in the end. The stage crew can choose from manning the spotlights that will keep the crowd’s eyes on the characters, or painters who will liven up the background. There are even jobs for people who want to help whitewash the old props, so that the painters will have something to paint on. The roles that the students were able to choose from had a wide range, with all of them just as important as the others.

It’s amazing to see that all the students have come together to create something. One of the more important jobs is the set movers. They have to move and carry props when they are swapping scenes. They have to be there for the actual play, up on the stage in the dark, carrying these heavy items. Then of course the actors are amazing, too, because without them there would be no musical.

Musical performances will be on March 16 at 7 p.m., and on March 17 at 1 and 7 p.m. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see it!

District 54’s Junior Journalists are seventh- and eighth-grade students from each of our junior high schools and Lincoln Prairie School who write monthly stories about their building for the District 54 website.