Polson Cooperative Theater Production
Polson Middle School students are ready to put on a one-of-a-kind performance. The Polson Cooperative Theater, a group that welcomes students of all abilities, will stage their own original production this Friday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.
The 28 students in the cooperative theater group have been working since September to write, cast, outfit, and rehearse their own original play. Teacher Dawn Perrotti said this year’s production is called “Once Upon a School” and is about fairytale characters ending up in a middle school setting.
Perrotti said this is the fifth year the group has staged a production.
“I started [the cooperative theater] because I had a student who really wanted to be a lead in a play but because of some of her learning difficulties she was never going to be so that is what this is,” she said. “This allows everybody to have a leading role or work behind the scenes.”
Not only does everyone get to participate, but students in the production said the play introduces students to new friends.
“It’s kids that don’t necessarily hang out with each other inside school, kids that aren’t necessarily friends and we do a production and we choose to do it so we kind of begin to get to know each other better,” said eighth grader Olivia Hansen-Hartmann.
Fellow eighth grade student Danielle Luongo said there are some challenging parts about staging an original production but encouraged students to come see the play this Friday and come out and be a part of the production next year.
“Even if it might be scary to get on stage it’s still worth it at the end and it’s a fun experience,” she said.
The play is Friday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Polson Middle School. The production is free, under one hour, and there is cake for audience members after the show.