The Thomson High School theater class is using its talents to broaden the horizons of local elementary students. For the first time, the elementary schools are going to the high school for a field trip to watch the musical performance Schoolhouse Rock Jr. The elementary performances took place Monday and Tuesday mornings and will continue on Friday morning. A separate performance for the middle school students also will be on Friday.
"It was inspired by (Thomson Elementary Principal) Anita Cummings," said Pam McCorkle, the high school chorus teacher. "It has been so much fun. My students have just loved interacting with the elementary students."
Lasting 45-50 minutes, Schoolhouse Rock Jr. is a shortened version of the Broadway musical. Ms. McCorkle said the 15 theater students have done everything from making the props to choreographing the dances.
"The kids have been wonderful and they've worked very, very hard," she said. "They have just done fantastic, and I am so pleased with everything they've done."
The public is invited to the evening performances at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21 in the THS auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students with an ID. The Saturday, Nov. 22 performance has been cancelled so that students who are in the band can go to the football game in LaGrange.
This also is the first year the high school will have two musicals. Ms. McCorkle said they will do Footloose in the spring.
"We've never done two musicals in one year, and so far, it's been a success," Ms. McCorkle said. "I hope to make this a tradition from now on, to pick a show that's strictly geared at the lower grades in the fall and do another one in the spring."
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Thomson High theater class presents Schoolhouse Rock Jr.
WHEN AND WHERE: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21; THS Auditorium
HOW MUCH: $5 for adults and $2 for students