Busy year ahead for Blaine drama students

By Jenna Dennison

The students in the Blaine drama department have an eventful year planned.

The department kicked off its performing season with Blaine High School’s Veteran’s Day assembly. Students from the high school theater arts class performed a variety of monologues, songs and scenes to honor the men and women who serve our country. The assembly also featured a slideshow presentation featuring Blaine community members who have served in the military.

The group is planning on performing two musicals this year. The first performance of the combined Blaine Middle School and Blaine High School drama clubs will be the classic musical, “Guys and Dolls.” The show, written by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, follows the story of a band of gamblers in 1950s New York who attempt to give up gambling in the hopes of winning the love of their “dolls.”

Nearly 50 Blaine students comprise the cast and crew. The students have been divided into two casts, based on their grade level. The younger cast will perform on January 7 and 14 at 7 p.m., while the older cast performs January 8, 9 and 15 at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on January 16 at 2 p.m. That cast features Washington State Drama Festival winner and senior Nathan Smith as Sky Masterson, and sophomore Madison Senger as Sarah Brown.

Admission is $5 per person, and performances are held in the Blaine Performing Arts Center.

Later in the season, the Blaine High School drama club will perform an original musical titled “Rising to Ashes: The Hans J. Massaquoi Story.” This performance is based off the true story and memoir of Hans J. Massaquoi, who wrote the 1999 book “Destined to Witness: Growing up Black in Nazi Germany.” Performances will take place May 5–7 in the Blaine Performing Arts Center.

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