Fall Play Preview

Max N

One of the biggest first semester events in the Middle School is the fall play. It’s a chance for actors and actresses in the Middle School to show their skills to their peers. This year, the play being performed is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

The show which is being directed by Middle School teachers Jennifer Finlayson and Susan McMillan, and Upper School student Lucy Stewart, is being performed in Kellett Theatre on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12. Without revealing too much, the members of the cast shared how they thought the play was coming along.

Their responses were overwhelmingly positive. Eighth grader Jasmine J. said, “So far, it’s moving really quickly…we haven’t expanded into Kellett yet, so it’ll be cool to see how the show comes together in there.”

Another eighth grader, Erin M., echoed her sentiments. She said, “I think it’s going really well, and Mrs. Finlayson does a fantastic job and our personalities really fit our characters.”

Some people liked not just the technical aspects of the play, but the community that theatre provides. Seventh grader Alex Z. said, “Not only are the rehearsals coming along really well, but, everyone in the cast is really nice, and it feels like a family.”

Sixth grader Philip M. agreed with Alex. He said, “This is my first year, and it’s super fun because of all the people involved.”

Older students who had been involved with past Westminster plays, as well as productions outside of school, note that there are certainly some differences this time around.

Erin M. remembered a previous performance outside of school. “The last play I was in, there was a girl who didn’t memorize her lines until the day before the play…thankfully, none of us are like that,” she said.

Mrs. Finlayson is also optimistic about The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’s success among Westminster students and families. “The talent on display here is amazing. I’m super excited to see how all these people work when we move into Kellett, and we can really nail down the details. I’m loving how the show is moving so quickly, and I’m honestly surprised at how good the actors and actresses are,” she said.

This is Mrs. Finlayson’s first directing experience at Westminster. She said, “I am absolutely loving the community and the kids that I’ve met through this show.”

By all accounts, this year’s fall play is shaping up to be a huge success, just like school productions of the past. The cast and crew seems excited for the two performances on November 11 and 12 in Kellett Theatre, and they hope to perform to a full house each night.

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