Ross School Children’s Community Theater showcased their considerable acting, dancing, and vocal talents in a production of Fame Jr., about a group of students at New York’s High School of Performing Arts. With a set designed to rival any found in Hollywood, thanks to the talents of Ross School and East Hampton Middle School parents Bill Stewart, Ann Stewart, and Dan Meeks, and costumes by parents Laura Eisman and Sylvia Meeks, the Court Theater was transformed into a 1980s high school setting as the young actors portrayed students in their freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years at the school.
Students in the cast and crew came from both inside and outside of Ross School, making the experience a true community endeavor. Following a new direction for Ross theater programs, Lower School teacher Margaret Kestler drew on students in grades 5–8 for the play, supplemented by the efforts of some Upper School students, parents, and staff from both campuses. This opportunity for upper elementary and middle school students to engage in the theater will hopefully continue in future years. Congratulations to Margaret and the students and parents, who put in a lot of hard work to present such a great performance!
Fame Jr. was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).