Middle School Drama Club members at DuBois Central Catholic pose for a cast photo during a recent after-school rehearsal for their performance of “Death to the Drama Club” by Gerald Murphy on Sunday as part of DCC’s annual Festival of the Arts: (Front) Abygail Chestnut, Abby Erickson, and Ian Boland; (Middle) Hayes Cooper, Ally Dinger-Noemi, Aaron Nasuti, Mia Edwards, and Andrew Adamski; (Standing) Caleb Bruno, Alyssa Johnston, Jack Adair, Isaac Pifer, Juliet Elias, Nathan Irwin, and Lola Post. Missing from photo: cast members Sophia Ginther, Alex Rake, Candance Andres, Bella Hartzell, and Sophia Rooney; also cameo roles by Christian and Katherine Adair and Lindsey Reiter.

DuBOIS — The 31st Annual Festival of the Arts will take place on Sunday, May 20, starting at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of DuBois Central Catholic. This yearly event features both middle school and high school students, giving them yet another opportunity to showcase their many talents before the school year ends.

Planned are both choral and instrumental performances plus various student acts. Tryouts were under the direction of festival organizer, Jodi Stewart, who adds, “A variety of talent exists from 6th through 12th grade at Central with the number of this year’s participants fairly evenly divided among the grade levels.”

Selected art work by DCC students, under the direction of Cheyenne Helman, will be on display in the secondary foyer. Student work from 6th through 12 grade has been selected, and will include drawing, painting, and other artwork, according to Helman.

Spanish students, under the direction of Tara Deemer, have made piñatas to be included in this year’s art exhibit.

DuBois Central Catholic’s Middle School Drama Club’s spring performance will conclude the festival. Under the direction of Mrs. Jodi Stewart, the students will present “Death to the Drama Club” by Gerald Murphy. This performance is being produced at DuBois Central Catholic through special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Stewart explains, “The play is a comedy about a group of young students trying to overturn their principal’s decision to cut the drama program to balance the budget, so they desperately try to stage an original version of the Wizard of Oz to convince the principal and school board otherwise.

The festival is open to the public and is free of charge. Festival-goers are asked to use the secondary portico of the school when entering the event.

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