By Audrey Clark
Citizen Chronicle Writer
SOUTHBRIDGE – “Bring on tomorrow!” the cast sings as they rehearse their final number for the upcoming production of “Fame: The Musical.” Slated to open later this month, it’s crunch time for the cast.
We had a chance to talk to drama program director Miriam Sas about what led her to run the group.
“I always was a dancer, and I wanted to be a choreographer. In high school, my guidance counselor invited me to choreograph in the drama class, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” remarks the program director.
“Theater is valuable to the kids because students engaged in the arts are scoring higher on tests, and our last valedictorian was involved in the drama program,” continued Sas. “But it’s not all about test scores, they are well-adjusted, empathetic people. There is so much critical thinking involved in this process that students will use for the rest of their lives.”
“I’ve been involved in the drama program for years, and it has given me so much confidence,” eleventh-grade student Riley Gregoire said of the group. “Being in the plays has taught me how to speak and give a message.”
“Also, how to be articulate in what I’m saying,” fellow eleventh-grade student Daisha Brewster added.
What’s unique about the drama club at Southbridge High is that participating students not only learn the onstage aspects of theater but also partake in the backstage work required to put on a show.
“We help with set building, fundraising, and I do a lot of costume work.” Cassandra Besse, an eleventh-grade student, told us.
“Fame: The Musical” is set in the 1980s and follows the lives of high school students at a performing arts school. The story captures the pressures and challenges the students face in a competitive field. “There is so much the audience can relate to in this show,” Sas explained.
“We work really hard for these two performances, and we need the support of the community to keep the program going,” Gregoire stated.
Sas added that “The town should come and support what the students are doing here.”
“Fame: The Musical” is presented by the Southbridge High School drama club and will be shown Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Stay tuned and return to The Citizen Chronicle for updates on prices and how to get tickets.