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Standing, from left, Emily Hurd, Hannah Briggs, Zavia Allen. Seated, Cameron Brownell and Molli Bates. In back is Marcela Rivenburgh.

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Barry Yerdon (left) and Noah Watson have a student-teacher interaction in "Yearbook".

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Eliza Cechnicki (left) and Cassie O'Connor (right).

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In front, Sarah LaComb reads from her yearbook. Back, from left, Cameron Brownell, Hailey Hogan, Molli Bates and Zavia Allen.


Canajoharie-Fort Plain Drama Club to present "Yearbook" June 13-14

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Updated: 10:11 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- On Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, at 7 p.m., the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Drama Club will present their latest production, "Yearbook" in the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium.

The approximately 75 minute play contains students from both districts, from fourth through eighth grade, with three high schoolers in guest roles.

Written by Steven Fendrich, a teacher, in the wake of the Columbine shootings, "Yearbook" aims to portray modern teenagers in a positive, thoughtful light. In the play, a yearbook committee works to represent all the school's cliques and clubs in an attempt to show people from various social groups that they can work together as a cohesive unit.

"I like the positive message of it," said Director Lauri Broady.

The students acting in "Yearbook", said Broady, have benefitted from the play's message. "We have an interesting mix of students in the drama club, and they always do an excellent job of getting along with each other." It doesn't matter who they hang out with during the school day, at drama club "everybody's on the same page and same level," she explained.

Broady said she chose this play partially because it serves perfectly as a culmination of what the young drama students have been working toward for years. They previously presented comedy and skit/variety shows, including "The Day Before Christmas at Our School", and "Duck, Duck, Goose". Each year, the difficulty of the play has increased, and this is the first time the young students have been tasked with presenting a full-length dramatic production.

Broady has worked with some of the kids in "Yearbook" for three or four years, and for some, this will be their last production before moving up to the full-fledged drama club.

Another reason Broady chose this play is because it gives the eighth grade performers on the cusp of moving up an opportunity to step into leading roles. While many have performed in previous drama club productions, they're usually in the background, or in small parts, and "Yearbook" "goes a long way toward preparing them for larger roles in the bigger productions," said Broady, explaining, "It's a great opportunity for them to expand their skills."

Of the show's future audience, Broady said, "I think they will be very impressed when they take a look at the program and see the ages of students -- how young some of these kids are."

The fact that the kids "are carrying the show on their backs at such a young age," delivering their lines with nuance and consideration, is an impressive feat.

Admission to "Yearbook" is $2. Tickets are available at the door.

Joshua Thomas - The cast of "Yearbook" contains fourth through twelfth grade students from Canajoharie and Fort Plain.


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