Middle School play heading to the hills
A Hillbilly take on Romeo and Juliet premiers Friday at Lexington Trails Middle School.
The annual Lexington Trails All-School Musical features sixth-, seventh- and eight-grade students in “Hee Haw Hayride.”
The play is a take on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet, said Gayle Moriarity, music director.
Two hillbilly families have been feuding for 200 years when a son and daughter from the opposing families fall in love. To add to the chaos two New York publishing houses come to town seeking the rights for a book on the long feud.
Moriarity said the play is reminiscent of the old television show “Hee Haw”.
“It’s one of my favorite plays to do,” she said.
Work on the play began in January to allow enough time to build sets, rehearse music numbers and make adjustments to the script.
“Anyone in school can participate,” Moriarity said. “You don’t have to be in band or choir. We don’t make cuts but there are guidelines to stay in the show.”
About 50 students are in the play and 10 more work on the crew, she said.
“I’ve been really excited,” she said. “It’s primarily sixth-graders, and since it’s the first show for a lot of them they are doing a really good job. Everyone is doing a really nice job.”
Moriarity said the show has an ensemble cast with no lead characters “Everyone has something to do,” she said. “I feel it gives kids the opportunity to try out being on stage. Some just blossom; they just shine. Others decide it’s not for them. If you’ve never done it before how do you know you won’t like it? They have to learn somewhere. We teach them how theatre works.”
The musical runs Friday and Saturday nights in the Lexington Trials auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for students.