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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 5, 2014
Adams School play goes retro

Adams School players rehearse

Adams School Players of Castine, Maine, rehearse a scene for Soundbites, to be performed on June 9, 2014.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Potter

by Ellen Potter

On Monday, June 9, the Adams School Players will be performing Soundbites, a mash-up of songs and comedy sketches culled from classic musicals, retro TV shows, and iconic dance numbers.

“This is a very untraditional school play,” says Adams School Drama Coach Terry Biggie. “We used pieces from all different time periods. We hope it will spark fond memories in adult audience members, while kids will recognize their favorite songs.”

The Adams School Players, ranging in age from 6 to 13, have been rehearsing for many weeks at Emerson Hall. Before participating in the play, many of them had never heard of the TV shows and music that are included in Soundbites, and have since become fans of the same shows and entertainers that their parents loved as children.

“Being in this play has not only been a lot of fun, but it’s also forced us to step out of our comfort zones,” says Bess MacArthur, a seventh grader in the Adams School.

This is the second year that Ms. Biggie has directed the Adams School play. In the past she performed with Cold Comfort Theater and at Purdue University, ran a theater camp, and worked as an extra in several movies.

“The fun thing for me is discovering how each child is uniquely gifted,” says Ms. Biggie. “I love seeing that moment when a scene clicks for them, when they suddenly morph into a character on stage.”

The performance of Soundbites will be held on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Emerson Hall. It is free and open to the public.