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Northridge Middle School

Young actors explore differences, similarities in Homeroom

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Northridge Middle School students will show audiences what it's like to be in their shoes during the fall musical, Homeroom, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

Thirty-seven students will take the stage at Northridge High School, 6066 Johnstown-Utica Road, where they will show how a middle school classroom overcomes their differences by working together.

The show begins with Jeff, who expresses the belief that the students in his homeroom have nothing in common other than that their last names all begin with V. Jeff comes to realize the students have more in common than he had thought.

Director Jennifer Ulery said the fall musical illustrates the important message of acceptance.

"Homeroom has a great message, and I hope everyone who attends will be as impressed as I am with the dedication and hard work that has gone into this production," Ulery said.

In addition to the important theme of the show, Ulery said, she chose Homeroom because it provides the opportunity to involve many students.

Most of the cast is on the stage for the majority of the production, she said.

In addition to the 37 students on stage, 11 students work as part of the stage crew.

The full production features singing, dancing, staging, lights, props, costumes and makeup.

The cast members have learned 10 choreographed musical numbers that will be performed with students in costumes and a versatile backdrop that helps bring the play to life, Ulery said.

Teri Holder, chairperson of the media committee, said several parents are supporting the production in various ways, such as making costumes, feeding the cast and helping with staging and lighting. She said students have been learning lines, staging and practicing choreography for the past two months under the direction of Ulery, with assistance from Jessica Weiss and Chloe Young.

"We have incredibly talented students at Northridge, and this musical really showcases their abilities," Ulery said.

Ulery said she wasn't permitted to provide the names of students involved with the production because of privacy concerns.

Tickets cost $6 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. They can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 740-967-6671.