Students from Harrison, Hillgrove, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, McEachern, Osborne, Pebblebrook, Pope, South Cobb and Walton high schools will be performing to raise funds for the Strand and promote local drama programs. The show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $3 per person.
Strand Executive Director Earl Reece said this is the second year the event has been scheduled, but last year’s show was canceled because of the snow that swept through the Southeast.
“This is the first year we are actually doing it,” he said. “It’s being done through Melissa Arasi, who coordinates music, drama and dance for the county. She feels that this is just a great way to showcase what the schools are doing. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Arasi said that with each school’s show schedules, finding a neutral date to host the event was tough.
“Our theater teachers don’t have a collaborative event (like choral and dance programs),” Arasi said.
Tonight’s program will allow performing arts students throughout the county to show off the monologues, poems and music they work on during the school year.
“It’s the opportunity (for the community) to see what’s happening out there,” Arasi said. “The theater programs don’t get a ton of publicity. It will show the caliber of performances that our kids perform at. There’s just a lot of talent and hard work going on, and it’s a way to get the word out there beyond the parents.”
Gary Hicks, Kell High’s drama program director, said he is looking forward to his three seniors being showcased in the program.
“We’re excited about being there,” he said. “This is a great opportunity because I don’t really get to see what my colleagues are doing.”
One of Hicks’ students is performing a monologue while the other two will perform a scene from a play, both of which were written by students.
“We’re trying to do everything that we can to let the community know the sorts of things that are going on (in the drama program at Kell),” he said.