CHAZY — Maeghan McDonald wanted a role that tested her acting skills.
She usually plays a nice person or the damsel in distress and jumped at the chance to play the villain in Chazy Central Rural School’s recent production of The Knights of the Rad Table by Pat Lydersen.
“I really enjoyed being the mean person for once,” said McDonald, a junior at Chazy Central Rural School.
The drama club provides students with public-speaking skills and self confidence and requires a huge amount of teamwork, said English teacher and drama club advisor Kathryn Brown.
“They have to work together to achieve a goal,” Brown said. “Everyone is actively involved in the production.”
A total of 30 students in grades 7 through 12 were involved in the latest production.
“There is no such thing as sitting the bench,” Brown said.
Jessica Bertrand participated in drama club two years ago, working as a technician for a production. She figured she would do that again and ended up on stage as one of the knights.
“This helped me so much with being able to be in front of people,” said the eleventh grader. “I am less shy because of it.
“Basically, I got thrown on stage and I fell in love with it.”
Students are able to showcase their individuality and personality, said Brown.
That was fine by Jack Grenier, who enjoys making people laugh.
“Everyone says I am a riot, and I like to make people smile.”
He played Lancelot, taking his knights out on a quest.
“Acting is more challenging than you think,” said the tenth grader.
The students have to come together to be successful, Brown pointed out, while working with an array of personalities. Students learn problem solving, time management and conflict resolution.
The drama club produces a play every other year, and during alternating years takes a trip to New York City to see three shows.