The Actors and Actresses of Westminster

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Who knew that Westminster had so many drama professionals in the building? In fact, quite a few teachers at the middle school have been professionally involved with drama, including Adam Fry, Jennifer Finlayson, and Susan McMillan. But what theatre experience do these teachers have?

Mrs. Finlayson, a new teacher to the Middle School, has been involved in both theatre and film. “Some of my favorite projects have been playing Miss Sandra in All Shook Up (a show about a rebellious rock-n-roll star showing a conservative town how to cut loose) with the North Georgia Theatre, directing A Piece of My Heart (a show about American women during the Vietnam War), and directing and choreographing Grease and Disney’s High School Musical,” she said.

She also worked on the set of Trouble With the Curve, a film about baseball starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams.

Mr. Fry is a chorus and general music teacher in the Middle School. He has done both musical and regular theatre, as both an actor and a director.

He sang the role of Buford in Cold Sassy Tree at Atlanta Opera, was musical director for Avenue Q at Horizon Theatre, played the role of Manny in Masterclass at Stagedoor Theatre, was in Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living In Paris at Alliance Theatre, and played the role of JP Morgan in three professional productions of Ragtime.

Other professional roles of his include Stewpot in South Pacific, Tackaberry in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and The Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz.

Mrs. McMillan is a drama teacher at the Middle School who also acts as the eighth grade girls’ grade chair. She’s been in many productions, and some of her roles include Lucy in The Telephone, Little Red in Little Red Riding Hood, Musetta in La Boheme, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly.

With all these great actors and actresses among us, it’s no wonder that the fall play and the spring musical are always amazing productions. Auditions for the fall play are being held on Sept. 20-22. They’re helmed by veritable theatre experts like Mrs. Finlayson, Mr. Fry, and Mrs. McMillan.

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