Seventh-grader Deyo Bourne interviews her mother and parent volunteer, Emery Bourne
Why did you offer to help with Cinderella?
Short answer is YOU! Long answer is that you, along with many other ACA students, have a genuine interest in musical theater. I have always believed that a musical would be a great addition to the Atlanta Classical Fine Arts program.
What has been your favorite thing about volunteering?
My favorite thing has been getting to know the upper school students. I am continually impressed by these kids, and it makes me feel so rewarded knowing how truly excited everyone is for this musical. When we first started showing them their costumes they were so excited trying on ball gowns, peasant skirts and knight armor. I have also really enjoyed seeing how much other local schools have been willing to help us with this production. Pace Academy was kind to provide me guidance at the beginning of the process, Holy Innocents has loaned us many of their costumes, and The Galloway School is allowing us access to their theater. It takes a village.
What do you want the people reading this to know?
I want the Atlanta Classical community to know just how many students have been reached by this production. At first glance you may think that this endeavor is comprised of just a handful of thespians, but nothing could be further from the truth. This production is allowing our singing, acting and dancing students an opportunity to be on a stage. It is providing other students the opportunity to work on a backstage crew and learn about sound and lighting. The newly formed set production class has offered students the chance to use their creativity to come up with the vision for sets and props. The ACA dance ensemble has been busy with extra rehearsals preparing for their role. We also have several students working on the marketing and promotion side creating materials such as videos and coloring pages. A core of parent volunteers have worked tirelessly to assist the students in any way they can. I would also be remiss if I did not mention how hard Mr. Franklin has worked to bring this to our school. I am grateful for him and all of his hard work.
When is the play?
March 9, 7-9 p.m. and March 10, 4-6 p.m. Both performances will be at The Galloway School Chaddick Center for the Arts. Adult tickets $10, student tickets $5.