The Chazy Central Rural School drama club alternates between a trip to New York City and a production. This year they produced and performed The Knights of the Rad Table by Pat Lydersen.
CHAZY — Maeghan McDonald wanted a role that tested her acting skills.
She usually plays a nice person or the damsel in distress and jumped at the chance to play the villain in Chazy Central Rural School’s recent production of The Knights of the Rad Table by Pat Lydersen.
“I really enjoyed being the mean person for once,” said McDonald, a junior at Chazy Central Rural School.
The drama club provides students with public-speaking skills and self confidence and requires a huge amount of teamwork, said English teacher and drama club advisor Kathryn Brown.
“They have to work together to achieve a goal,” Brown said. “Everyone is actively involved in the production.”
A total of 30 students in grades 7 through 12 were involved in the latest production.
“There is no such thing as sitting the bench,” Brown said.
Jessica Bertrand participated in drama club two years ago, working as a technician for a production. She figured she would do that again and ended up on stage as one of the knights.
“This helped me so much with being able to be in front of people,” said the eleventh grader. “I am less shy because of it.
“Basically, I got thrown on stage and I fell in love with it.”
Students are able to showcase their individuality and personality, said Brown.
That was fine by Jack Grenier, who enjoys making people laugh.
“Everyone says I am a riot, and I like to make people smile.”
He played Lancelot, taking his knights out on a quest.
“Acting is more challenging than you think,” said the tenth grader.
The students have to come together to be successful, Brown pointed out, while working with an array of personalities. Students learn problem solving, time management and conflict resolution.
The drama club produces a play every other year, and during alternating years takes a trip to New York City to see three shows.
“New York City is also a great experience for the kids, but it is very expensive,” Brown said.
The drama club began rehearsing for the current production at the beginning of November, and hit the stage within a few weeks. It began with a excerpt for elementary students, a teaser to get them interested in the drama club, and concluded with the production for the entire community.
Pessa Miner, a senior, has participated in drama club since seventh grade.
“I just love being able to act and to be with all kinds of new and different people.”
Miner was unsure about participating in drama club this year until she was given the role of Merlin the wizard.
“I was the only senior in the production.”
Kenna Barnes first considered backstage work but then successfully tried out for a part.
“You just get to kid around and be young.”
McDonald appreciated seeing the cast and crew come together to make the production a hit.
She also liked being challenged by her role as a villain.
“I always wanted to do an evil laugh,” she said. “The only part I didn’t like is I was so evil, no one really laughed at me.”