Curtains come up on January 25 for Sideways Stories

Lights, camera, action! Get ready for a hilarious stage version of Louis Sachar’s book Sideways Stores from Wayside School directed by Mr. Eric Conners and Ms. Emily Kohring. Auditions were held on November 14th and 15th, leaving Mr. Conners and Ms. Kohring with almost 20 actors to work with. There will be three performances, all taking place at Grand Center Arts Academy, in the Theater Studio on the 6th floor. Performance dates are as follows: Friday, January 25th at 7:00 pm., Saturday, January 26th at 4:00 pm, and Saturday, January 26th at 7:00 pm. Tickets cost $5 and will be available for purchase upon entry. Seating is limited, get there early!

Almost every weekday after school since January 26th, the 17 dedicated actors in the cast gathered in the theater room from 4:00-5:30. The actors practiced, practiced, and are still practicing their roles to be ready for opening night.

On Sunday, January 13th, many parents of the actors came to GCAA to help build the set. During that four-hour work session, they were able to install a working door and window, which has been hugely appreciated by everyone in the cast. And thanks to Ms. Megan Clayton’s Artsanity Club, we were able to get our wonderful set painted.

Click on any of the thumbnail below to see a much larger high resolution image. See you at the play!

[Note: Ninth grader JuJu Vieth, a member of the Website Reporting Club, wrote this article and took these photographs. JuJu also works as Stage Manager in the upcoming production of Sideways Stores from Wayside School.