Griffith Middle School Theatre Company
Winter 2019 - 3rd Middle School Drama Night
Washington's Axe portrays a huckster who tries to sell an antique axe to a customer, purporting that it is the actual hatchet used by George Washington to cut down his father’s prized cherry tree. The situation begs the age-old question: if you replace all the parts of an object, does it still retain its identity?
The Alamo parodies the events of the infamous battle at the Alamo in Texas, where folk hero Davy Crockett summons a superhero team of American legends, including Abraham Lincoln, Lady Liberty, and more, to defend the fortress.
It is July 4, 1776 and while the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia are debating the Declaration of Independence, seven women wait in a nearby tavern for the outcome. Betsy Ross experiments with different colors and patterns for the new flag, Martha Washington and Martha Jefferson complain about the Quaker food, Abigail Adams follows the Congressional debate on her laptop, Mrs. Paul Revere plays solitaire on her iPhone, and Mrs. Ben Franklin runs her Underground Railroad operation through her cell phone. The women discuss the same things being argued at Independence Hall and come to some insightful conclusions of their own. The Ladies Declare is a wacky and anachronistic look at an historic day, but is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.
Milestones in Comedy 339 BCE: Aristophanes Discovers the Spit Take follows how Greek playwright Aristophanes discovers his comedic devices while visiting the legendary philosopher Plato, who suffers from writer’s block after his teacher Socrates drank poison.
Friday & Saturday, February 8th-9th, @7PM
Sunday, February 10th, @3PM
Winter 2018 - 2nd Middle School Drama Night
The True Story of Cinderella: Boy, did the "evil" stepsister and stepmother get a bum rap. They tell their side of the story...about how little Cinderella martyred herself into subservient and squalor, about how she gave up control of her life, waiting for the right man to take care of her, and about how her two step sisters, Anastasia and Drizella, used education to come out on top. Cinderella is made herself so hapless, hopeless, and helpless that when the big ball comes, Mama has to pretend to be a fairy godmother to convince her to go. Then they have to try and make sparks fly between Cinderella and the Prince so they can finally get her out of the house. A delightful twist on a long-time favorite story.
And Then There Was One: A Spoof: This take-off of Agatha Christie's famous stage mystery is all comedy, filled with hilarious sight gags and dialogue. Ten people are brought together by a mysterious invitation to the Reef Mansion on a tiny, isolated island,. Not one of them knows the host, who is nowhere to be found. Still, she has left an anonymous recording that bodes evil for the guests. Like the chocolate soldiers that inexplicably disappear from the mantel one by one, the guests begin to die one by one. Luckily, Inspector Miles is among the guests, but even she is stymied as to who the murderer could be! In the final scene, we discover the farcical twist!
Friday & Saturday, February 2nd-3rd, @7PM
Sunday, February 4th, @3PM
Winter 2017 - Middle School Drama Night
The Anti-Play: A Pompous Drama Teacher obsessed with winning the state drama competition is forcing his students to perform a cutting from the trendy Broadway play Neck-Wuss by Peter Schnauffer. Disgusted by the ridiculous play, the drama students rebel and set out to disqualify themselves from the competition by performing their very own “anti-play” with a few imaginative alterations.
The Audition: A controlling, dictator-like stage manager is holding auditions for a production of Medea! Unfortunately, she gets an interesting selection of actors that show up- A confused girl who doesn’t seem to know her right from left, an air-headed singer, a mime, and a British fellow with something just a little off about him. Can they make it work?
Friday & Saturday, February 10th-11th, @7PM