My young friends at the ACAP after school program and I snuck into the school auditorium a few times for active play during March, when it got too wet for sledding or anything else outside. Towards the end of the month, we saw props, costumes, and equipment start to appear, as the Drama Club began rehearsals for their spring show, "Thoroughly Modern Millie." The whole thing looked like a lot of fun.
The show runs this weekend, on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday as well. It's directed by Jim Carroll, with musical direction by WCS alumnus Alan Ware and choreography by Jaqueline Robertin and Gigi Carroll. Stage veterans Alexa Melendez and Liam Davis lead a talented cast (including some notable after school program "graduates"). This charming and humorous musical is set in the 1920s. Millie, a young woman from Kansas, arrives in New York City to find a rich guy and marry him - but somehow, things don't work out quite as she imagined they would.
Jim told me he's proud to be working with such dedicated students. "The kids have worked really hard on the show," he said. "They are involved in everything, so scheduling is challenging. But they always manage to do it. The benefit of a small school is that everyone works together to make things happen."
The talents of WCS students will also be on display at the Westport Library on Thursday, May 4, starting at 6:30 p.m., when the legendary Mr. Gibbs will bring members of his English class to read their own poetry in the Library's annual Poetry Reading. All budding poets from the region are also invited to come and read their work. If you've written any poetry at all, this is a great chance to read it out loud for an audience, which is the way poetry was originally meant to be enjoyed. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. This free event is brought to you by Judith Moore and the Westport Poetry Workshop. Call 962-8964 for more information.