Back On Stage, Actors Say “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here”

The cast of “Annie Jr” perform on stage during a production of the Junior Art and Musical Theater Summer Camp. (Photo courtesy Anthony Michael Photography)

  JACKSON – The township’s School District’s Junior Art and Musical Theater Summer Camp took to the stage for the first time in a year.

  The pandemic may have caused a “hard knock life” for the cast and crew during the last school year and in 2020 but after that long hiatus the district’s Junior Art and Musical Theater Summer Camp was thrilled to be able to say “on with the show.”

  Participants at the camp recently presented two performances of “Annie Jr.” on stage.

  “We were so grateful to be able to take this journey with these students – painting, acting, singing, dancing, and loving every minute of it,” said Cori Bott-Larsen, the director of the production. “We were blown away by each and every student’s talent, dedication and hard work.”

Jackson Township School District’s Junior Art and Musical Theater Summer Camp players perform a scene of orphans singing in the production of “Annie Jr.” (Photo courtesy Anthony Michael Photography)

  The summer program runs three weeks and provides students with the opportunity to learn all aspects of musical theater production, including vocal coaching, dancing and acting lessons and learning about costuming, painting and set design.

  “It was such a wonderful experience to be able to have our first live audience since March 2020. These three weeks are the best time of the year for the entire staff,” Bott-Larsen added.

  The production staff also included Music Teachers Ed Robertson and Marge Eisenschmied, Set and Stage Crew Director Lynnea Noble, Choreographer Shannon Brueckner-Vazquez, Set Builder Matt Ebersole and seven JMHS Theatre Student Interns.