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Lakeridge Middle School Theater Arts director shares about the spring 2020 production

COURTESY PHOTO - Lakeridge Middle School is looking for stories from its past. Pictured here is an old aerial shot of the Waluga and Bryant Buildings. Lakeridge Middle School Theater Arts Director Franklin Dunwoody was thinking of what play students should perform in the spring production when "Stories from 4700 Jean Road" came to him.

"It just seemed like a good idea," he said.

The thought process was simple: create a play that memorializes all the stories lived out at Lakeridge Middle School before the new building is ready for students and staff in the summer of 2020.

"I thought that sometimes in theater we can use the arts to memorialize or put a spotlight on something that has been important to the community," Dunwoody said.

The execution will require help from people who possess those stories. Lakeridge Middle School is asking that people share their stories using this google form:

They're accepting stories of all sorts: silly and somber, so long as they're middle school appropriate. The creative writing class will dramatize the selected submitted stories for the theater arts students to perform.

"The hope is that we create something for the community and from the community," Dunwoody said.

Whether your story is from 1962 or 2019, they want to hear from you.

This will be the first original production performed by LMS theater arts students.

Dunwoody said the idea of building a play from scratch is daunting to the students but overall, they're excited and up for the challenge.


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