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Fantasy Fun in Unified Theater

By Kelsey Jarnagin
November 16, 2023

Childhood fairytales are coming to life at the Ken Collins Theater. McNary’s Unified Theater will be presenting four short plays: Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel. It will be performed only two times during the fourth period on November, 21 and 28. This show will start 20 minutes into class, and end right before the last bell rings.

Each cast has limited actors in each performance, but they have the support of everyone around them. This will be the first time these students will be performing in front of a live audience, but it definitely will not be the last time. This show has a limited number of audience members, so everyone can get the feel of performing. It is an entertaining show with great energy all throughout the show.

“Everyone should look forward to having a good time and getting a good laugh throughout,” Senior Corban Ibarra Russell said, playing the narrator of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The class had finished up their other project of Disney plays, and they had been preparing for over three weeks for this new play.

Each performance has its own costumes and fun props that they can use throughout the show. 

In preparation for future plays/musicals, you become close with everyone around you. Making memories and new friendships. As this is a new class a bunch of students got to come together and make new friends.

“My favorite part is how everyone asks how everyone's day is and we start off with answering different questions,” said Antonio Rymer, 11, playing Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.

In this class, students help each other by giving new experiences that some students would have never experienced before. Learning how to act on stage and how to speak out in front of everyone. It creates new passions for students and to see possible future options. 

“Being able to get the students in the Unified program another opportunity is really nice to see,” Ibarra Russell said.

This show will show interactions between students from all different backgrounds. Fourth-period teachers can sign up for their classes to come and see the show. It is a great way to help support the program and to even find a way to join the program.

“People should see this because it will inspire them to take the class in the future,” Rymer said.

This show needs the same respect as every other show, so phones need to be silenced, and no talking. It's distracting for the actors and people there to enjoy the show. Make sure to show courtesy throughout.