On Friday, May 11, 28 Holton-Arms Middle School students will take the stage in the Diane Coulton Beebe Black Box Theater to present “A Monster in My Locker: An Evening of Weird and Whimsical One-Acts.” Three plays, all directed by students from Upper School, make up the evening’s entertainment. Each play depicts a familiar school setting in which something extraordinary has happened.
In “Homework Eats Dog, And Other Woeful Tales,” by Alan Haehnel, the twisted teacher Mr. Kobekeaneski (Andrea S. ’16) holds back a wave of students asking for extensions on their homework, each one with a story more outlandish than the last. Jane (Hannah M. ’16) claims she is too stupid to understand the work. Max (Haley B. ’16) tells Mr. K. that an Angel (Rebecca C. ’17) forbid him, and Amanda (Shea S. ’17) claims her science project became so powerful that it mutated with disastrous results! Alexandra Berthiaume ’12 directs this wacky tale.
In “Regina Flector Wins the Science Fair,” by Marco Ramirez, four students present their science projects for judgment. Tiffany (Sarah G. ’17) woos the judges with her overwhelming cuteness while Bradley (Dora S. ’16) spins conspiracy theories. Sam (Julia F. ’16) gives an up-close report on his mother’s facelift and Regina (Eva G. ’16) struggles to overcome her nerves. Lucy Wilkinson ’13 directs.
Rumors take center stage in the form of monsters in “Happy Birthday Heather Higby (I’m Plotting Your Doom),” by Stephen Gregg. Mercy Nightingale (Samantha N. ’17) is plotting vengeance against her nemesis, Heather Higby (Inshira M. ’16) when she is interrupted by Charlene (Hadley G. ’16) who reveals the positive power of rumors. This surprising and unorthodox play by the playwright of the Upper School winter play “Sunday Night” is directed by Sammi Stroman ’14 and Maeve Hickey ’15.
All three plays are presented as part of “A Monster in My Locker.” Tickets are available at the door of the Beebe Black Box Theater for the 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, May 11. Tickets are free for students and $10 for adults.