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Middle schoolers perform ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Middle school actors (from left) Abrianna Utgaard, Elizabeth Offerosky, Jacob Medchill and Renee Goulet take part in a dress rehearsal for the New Richmond Middle School production of “Sleeping Beauty” on Monday, April 7, in the middle school auditorium. (Photos by Jordan Willi)1 / 4
Actresses Ariana Devereux (left) and Emmy Leeson rehearse their parts during a dress rehearsal for “Sleeping Beauty” on Monday, April 7, in the middle school auditorium.2 / 4
Good fairies Abrianna Utgaard (left) and Emmy Leeson (right) discuss how they want to turn Isaac Olson’s character from a frog into a prince to help break the curse on Sleeping Beauty, during a dress rehearsal for “Sleeping Beauty” on Monday, April 7, in the middle school auditorium.3 / 4
Middle schooler Elizabeth Offerosky gives a speech during a dress rehearsal for the middle school play “Sleeping Beauty” on Monday, April 7, in the middle school auditorium.4 / 4

On Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, New Richmond Middle School drama students performed “Sleeping Beauty” by Stacey Lane for their parents and classmates.

“The tradition is that we usually do fairy tales just because so many of our audience members know them and this one just seemed fun,” said director and eighth-grade teacher Damian Freyre. “When we looked at the kids who expressed interest in taking part in the play, this was just a good fit for them.”

The play, which is a twist on the beloved fairy tale, begins with a storyteller reading from “Sleeping Beauty,” but he is are soon interrupted by the story’s villainess, Griselda, who casts a magical spell that turns back the hands of time to show the audience what really happened to “Sleeping Betty.” In the end, two good fairies and a magical frog are able to set the story straight and ensure that everyone lives happily ever after.

“The play was just so much fun to do,” said technical director and eighth-grade teacher Amanda Altmann. “We did some things that were pretty unique with our crew, like making paper mache rocks, swords from scratch, a swimming pool and painted a set. My crew has been great and they have been having a lot of fun.”

One of the hardest parts about putting on “Sleeping Beauty,” according to Altmann and Freyre, was the coordination and making sure everything was getting done on time.

“The coordination between us as directors and the cast and crew was one of the more difficult parts of this play,” Altmann said. “It was a challenge to try and get things done on time. We painted the sets but then we had to let them dry so the kids had to wait for their rides and we had to find stuff to keep them occupied.”

The cast held a studentsonly show on Friday, April 11, in which they performed “Sleeping Beauty” for classmates and other students throughout the day. On Saturday, April 12, the students performed the play one last time for their parents.

“All of the kids made the parts their own and had some great ideas as to what they should do, where they should be and what they should wear,” Freyre said. “So I could just sit back and guide them. It was a bit of an experimental year for us as well. The cast spent a lot more time on the stage this year than in years past.”

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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