Mt. Blue singers, actors join forces to raise bucks

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FARMINGTON — On Saturday, March 20, Mt. Blue Middle School students will present their fifth annual dinner theater, featuring the school’s award-winning Show Choir and One-Act Play Troupe.

Two seatings and performances will begin at 4 and 7 p.m.

When ticketholders arrive, they will see the MBMS cafeteria transformed into a cozy restaurant, with a host or hostess, wait staff and music. The meal will be served as guests enjoy the entertainment on stage. When it’s time for dessert, performers and wait staff will switch places.

“We’ll be setting tables and cooking for about 300 people. Every year, we get at least one parent from the year before who wants to come back and help even though their student has moved on to high school,” said coordinator Kim Fast.

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Half the entertainment will be provided by the school’s Show Choir, which will present selections from “The Little Mermaid.” The vocal group, directed by Jim Perkins, earned the highest rating possible last month at the District Music Festival.

The other half of the program will be provided by a troupe of 18 middle-schoolers performing three scenes from “Story Theatre,” by playwright Paul Sills. “This production is for children of all ages,” said director Robin Lisherness. “The adaptation of three popular folk tales provides an opportunity for each student to play various roles and also showcases the musical skills of the outstanding instrumentalists in the group.”

The annual dinner/theater raises money for school-improvement projects. In past years, money has been used to buy state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for the stage area.

Tickets, $10, include a meal of cranberry chicken, baked potato, vegetable, rolls, salad, coffee, tea and dessert. Tickets may be purchased by calling the school at 778-3511, from a performer or at DDG Booksellers.

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