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“Please sir, may I have some more?”
Kennedy Middle School presents a performance of the classic musical “Oliver Twist” this Friday and Saturday at Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School.
You are hereby cordially invited to what I promise will be the most spectacular production of Oliver Twist you will ever have the pleasure of viewing! (And I’m totally not only saying that because my son and 60 of his friends are the students performing).
A musical production depicting the lives of youths surviving in the criminal underworld, "Oliver Twist" will naturally capture the reverence of school-aged kids.
With characters shouting “Shut up and drink your gin!” to the use of thieving slang and Cockney accents, there are many mildly shocking moments that will have your child looking at you out of the corner of his or her gleaming little eye, wondering if you’ve noticed they’ve just learned how to “pick a pocket or two,” from the song sung by the lead criminal trainer, Mr. Fagin. The casts’ favorite line? “If the law supposes that, then the law is an ass, an idiot!”
In the 29th year of amazingness from teacher and Director Ms. Elena Mori, students have mastered their lines, found their vocal ranges, and learned to perform on stage. Through her, Kennedy Middle School is able to offer a complete drama education program, open to all students. Ms. Mori takes her kids even farther, offering them individual coaching and double-casting the play so that more students are able to perform in the larger roles.
Ms. Mori has been nominated for the prestigious 2013 Kent Award, and after watching her with this group of young actors, I truly hope she is recognized for her amazing work with thousands of students over the years - myself included!
Like my son Dylan says, “Ms. Mori gives more than she receives, and spends all her energy just to make us look good!” Former student Jarid Comstock agrees - “She really was a blast to work with, a straight shooter and super creative-thinking woman. I couldn't imagine doing half the things I've been able to do because of her belief and guidance!”
Ms. Mori and “her kids,” as she calls them, have been rehearsing for the past seven months. Their hard work pays off under the bright lights on stage this weekend, so come on out and support our students, community, and school!
'OLIVER TWIST' - THE DETAILS:
When: This Friday, March 15 at 7:15 p.m.; and this Saturday, March 16 at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City
Cost: Tickets are $10 at the door
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