The fifth annual Winter Warm Up, the primary source of funding for the Northeast Middle School after-school theater program, is set for Friday, January 25 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Grace Center (1500 6th St NE). All are invited to attend.
The event will feature music by Buster Phelan (a local band that performs a mix of rock, pop and R & B music, food from local restaurants, beer, wine and a silent auction.
All proceeds from ticket sales and the auction directly benefit the Northeast Middle School theater program, which puts on two shows each year: a winter play and a spring musical. For this year’s fall play the Middle School students combined with the Edison theater group and performed a Shakespearean double feature. The middle school students performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Edison group performed Romeo and Juliet. Usually 10-15 students participate in the fall play but this year more than 40 students worked on the performance.
For their spring musical, Northeast Middle School is staging the full two act version of Peter Pan on April 18 and 19.
“Although this is an ambitious undertaking the middle school program has grown to the point where they are ready to tackle this classical musical,” Chris Pratt, chair of the Winter Warm-up committee said.
“In keeping with the spirit of Peter Pan, we would really like to be able to “fly” a group of students above the middle school stage,” he said. “As you might imagine this represents a major expense, but we feel that it will be worth the effort.”
Tryouts for the musical are just getting started but in the past approximately 90 students have been involved in the productions. Given the increased interest in the fall play Pratt said that there may be more participation than in past years. The musical is Northeast’s signature event. Every student interested in participating receives a role in the cast or crew.
“The Winter Warm-Up is a perfect opportunity to support the Northeast Middle School theater program! So bring your friends, family, and money and be ready to rock the night away,” Kimberlee Adams, Northeast Middle School teacher and arts coordinator said.
Cost: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets will be available at the school office and online. Access to the online ticket sale site will be available from the school website and from the NEMS PTA website at http://nemspta.blogspot.com.
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