This is our newsletter for anyone who has graduated and was involved with Grady Drama. We'll be keeping you updated on how the program's been doing since you've graduated and moved on to the "real world" with rehearsal photos, info on current shows, and interviews with your fellow alumni!
Since most of you graduated from Grady Drama, a few things have changed.
First of all, the 2021-2022 school year will be the first under the new name of Midtown Theatre and Film. The new name will take some getting used to, but the department has the same charm it has always had and is excited to represent the school’s performing arts.
Although our high school is maintaining a mask and social distance protocol, we have been happy to continue hosting coffee houses for our talented student body. Our next and final coffee house will be on April 14h, called “Marilyn Monroast,” which will be “Old Hollywood” themed.
The 2021 One Act play My Sister’s Back, written and directed by Jake Dreiling, was performed live in the black box theater October 21-24, 2021. We are so proud of our cast and crew as they ranked 3rd in the one act competition. In addition, Bee Walker (‘23) and freshman Dani Kote (‘25) both received the “All Star Cast” award.
Our second fall play was California Suite, directed by Lee Pope. Performed on November 11-13, 2021, California Suite was a hilarious comedy featuring several different stories of people staying at a California hotel. This show was a hit, and we were excited to finally be performing live in the Vincent Murray Auditorium again.
Recently, the production of Sister Act, directed by Jake Dreiling, debuted January 20-22, 2022. Although faced with a delay due to COVID and many other obstacles, the musical was a huge success and we were thrilled to see so many alumni come and support the department!
Our theatre department is getting excited about our spring production of Mamma Mia which is being directed by Lisa Willoughby. Rehearsals have begun and the show is set to go on March 24-27. In addition, this coming semester we have a film and Senior One Acts to look forward to. The film, A Perfect Life, written by alumni Ainsley Mccaa (‘21) and directed by Jake Dreiling, is already in progress. The Senior One Acts are to be performed May 6-7.
Finally, our GA Thespian Conference Liaisons Laine Berg and Brady Stoppel have done an amazing job of making the annual conference a success for the department. Midtown was so proud to have multiple students do well in their Thespys (formerly I.E.s). Ezra Roberts (‘23) received a superior on their technical Thespy submission for set design. Madeline Moye (‘22) along with Bee Walker (‘23) and Brady Stroppel (‘22) all received superiors on their musical theatre submissions. In addition, Bee Walker and Brady Stroppel were chosen to perform their duet, “Barbara 2.0,” at closing ceremonies. This duo made Midtown Theatre history as the first students from our school to perform a musical Thespy at closing ceremonies! We couldn’t be more proud of our high achieving students!
This has been your Midtown Theatre and Film updates for Alumni. As always, thank you for your support. Stay tuned for more!
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