Chazy's senior play offers up plenty of laughs

The play, A Dragon in the Mix, by Sue Ann Gunn, was a fun fairy tale spoof, complete with palace, queen, queen mother, ladies-in-waiting, princes, princesses, plus fairies, governesses and a dragon. But not just any old dragon. This one had dreams of becoming a rock star. Through a series of decisions, the princesses help the dragon to follow his dream and the tale ends happily ever aftersorta! said director Kathryn Brown. Half of the class 36 members were involved in the play, but only one had been on stage before. Stage experience wasnt a pre-requisite, but students needed to be doing well in their studies and be able to attend a majority of the rehearsals in order to participate. Seniors do all aspects of the production, from picking a script to designing the set, Brown said. They paid for many of their expenses related to doing the production with advertisements from local businesses. The community has been wonderfully supportive in providing many ads. She credited Dana LaDue, who played the fairy Rumor, for the design of both the set and the advertising poster. There were plenty of challenges faced along the way, such as balancing school work, jobs, and sports with rehearsals. I missed soccer a lot, said Justin Garrand, who played Reginald. You learn to work with it. You have to make sacrificesthats one of the big lessons in this. Brown appreciated the efficiency of the group. The students really rearranged those schedules most days to make the play happen, she said. When they came for rehearsal or for set calls, they were ready to work. They got a lot done in a short amount of time. And they made her laugh. They are hams but dont realize it! she said. The students enjoyed working with Kathryn Brown, too. Some said that they didnt know where theyd be without her. Shes a wonderful lady to work with, said Jeremy Reynolds who played the Dragon. She makes it really interesting, fun, added Elizabeth Pulsifer who played Lady Petunia. The class wanted to do a fun play and, although it was hard work, they did enjoy it. Its been pretty crazy trying to work around our schedules, but we made it work, said Pulsifer. We all get along here and we worked together, added Reynolds. I think we made it really fun, Garrand said. We wanted it to be fun for everyone. In between the two performances of A Dragon in the Mix, the cast had a pizza party. Fairy tale dessert consisting of Dirt in a Cup and Dragon Punch was also served. Proceeds go toward funding the senior tripwhite rafting on the Hudson River, as well as Class Day in June.

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