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School faculty helps out and the parents have been my life.” He adds, “With a chance like this, I was unbelievable as well, helping with everything from able to broaden my horizons and become a more costuming to providing meals for students. well-rounded person.” “Each student has For some, acting enabled them to Two parents, Mrs. Carmen and Mrs. Bent, express themselves in ways they had something special to are still involved in helping with costumes never experienced, leaving students with a despite not having any students left at the newfound confidence at a time in their lives share and as the group Middle School! Saunders says that what sets when it was most beneficial. Eighth grader, begins to recognize Gilmour’s Middle School Musical apart is Sean Mullee, the white rabbit in this year’s that, “despite not being required, the and appreciate this, musical gets nearly 100 percent student production of “Alice in Wonderland,” says the best part about being in the musical participation. They truly enjoy it.” wonderful things was “being able to express yourself through O’Leary sums up the experience happen.” the arts and to not be afraid to show who saying, “The beauty of the Middle School you are.” Kelley states, “Singing my solo as Bonnie O’Leary theater program is, to me, watching the the cowardly lion was what got me to fall in students come together in pursuit of a common goal.” She continues, “Each love with the theater. I learned how to find student has something special to share and as the my own voice and find the confidence to share it with the world.” He adds, “Ask any of my classmates and group begins to recognize and appreciate this, teachers and they will tell you that once I found my wonderful things happen.” She adds, “Matt, David and I voice, I never kept quiet!” refer to it as ‘The Magic’ and, somehow, it all works.” Some of these Middle School musical alumni are still involved in theater to this day thanks to the start they got at GA. Yanesh is a pianist and composer. Amy Greene ’08, who played Dorothy in “The Wiz” and was the student choreographer, is a recent graduate of Indiana University. She continues to do a musical every year and works at Stagecrafters’ theater camp in Orange every summer as a choreographer and dance instructor. Kelley played Demetrius in his college, Washington & Jefferson’s, production of “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream” this past fall. Whether students pursue acting after participating in a Middle School musical or just enjoy the camaraderie of being a part of it once or twice, all would agree that it is a community building endeavor, with just about every Middle School student involved in the production in some capacity. The whole Middle

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Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  
Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  

Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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