The Nose Knows
Excitement grows for school production of 'My Son Pinocchio Jr'
March 13. 2014 12:07AM
BEHIND THE SCENES: “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” involved students in all aspects of a theater production, including these members of a lighting crew.
The club was established to give students in grades five through eight some experience in action both in and out of the spotlight.
"We established a dedication to this club, which I believe was the result of a true passion for theater and the desire to foster its opportunities," said Jennifer Stover, a founding member of the club and its director and choreographer.
"Our policy is to find a place for everyone," Jacobs said. "If there isn't a spot in the cast, we make sure to involve them in a crew."
"This club promotes friendships between 10-year-olds and 14-year-olds and everyone in between," Stover said.
"Walk down the hall at AMS during a Tuesday or Thursday rehearsal, and you'll experience a busy, lively hive of kids who all know their jobs and places," show officials said. "They work with paintbrushes, cameras, computers, costumes and more. They are dancing, singing and rehearsing. It is a well-oiled machine."
"Practice, practice, practice!" Jacobs said. "No one on our Production Staff ever says, 'Oh well, it's good enough for a middle school show.' Everyone involved is always striving to make it the best it can be. And our students are amazingly good at what they do."
"How do you show the inside of a whale?" Jacobs said. "As a period piece, we needed to dress about 55 actors as 19th–century villagers — not to mention additional costumes for fairies, marionettes, animals, perfect children and delinquents. And then there is the small matter of a nose that grows and a puppet that turns into a boy — both on-stage. It is a staggering task."