For the past six years, Lyman Gilmore Middle School has offered its students a Musical Theater course. In that time they have produced major productions at the Don Baggett Theater, performed around the community, and represented our school at the State Capital for the California Youth in Theater Day. They are at it again this year, and winning big!
This past weekend 25 musical theater students attended the 19th Annual Middle Stage Fest in Elk Grove. Students performed monologues, scenes and musical numbers, competing for gold, silver, and bronze medals. This year over 275 students from 20 middle schools competed in the festival. Gilmore students Grant Lacosse, Jack Kehn, Shawn Lindermenn, Molly Hope, Hunter Bill and Emma Wolf received gold medals for their performances. In the end, Gilmore walked away with seven gold, eight silver and seventeen bronze medals.
“Everyone of the students who attended worked really hard this year. From memorizing their scenes, getting over their fears of belting it out in front of a group of people, or being evaluated by a panel of judges. Theater has the ability to teach essential skills like communication and cooperation. This year, these students exceeded these basic skills and were seasoned performers,” says Gilmore’s Musical Theater teacher, Becky Browning.
You can see these students along with others perform next month the Don Baggett Theater in their upcoming production of “Frozen.” Visit lymangilmoremusicaltheater.com for more information.