Original Play “Wake Up” to Benefit Aspell

“Once again, the community has seen the talents of the students at the University School of Jackson.  Two years ago, WRAP teamed up with Erica Davidson, US theatre teacher, and four USJ stude…

Source: Original Play “Wake Up” to Benefit Aspell


Original Play “Wake Up” to Benefit Aspell

“Once again, the community has seen the talents of the students at the University School of Jackson.  Two years ago, WRAP teamed up with Erica Davidson, US theatre teacher, and four USJ students to write a play about domestic violence in attempts to educate the community on signs to recognize abuse and how to help the victims.
Now, they are teaming up with Aspell Recovery Center in hopes to break the stigma of drug addiction.  Ms. Davidson has been guiding three upper school students, Harrison Hamm, Sydney Lofton and Lauren Nicola, in writing a heart-wrenching play about who drug addiction really affects and the consequences behind the disease.
The play, entitled “Wake Up,” will be performed on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on September 25 at 2 p.m.  The cost of admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students.  All proceeds will benefit Aspell Recovery Center.
“It was such an honor to be asked the first time to make such a contribution to our community.  I was a little overwhelmed when we were asked the second time,” said Davidson.  “I knew with such talented students that we could, not only write a compelling script, but have the students to bring that script to life.”  Please join us in the Blankenship Theater the weekend of September 23 – 25 for the original production of “Wake Up.”  Please note this play is not suitable for children.

The Adventures of Lewis & Clark

If you want to see a fun-filled production that will keep you smiling for days, then come check out the lower school’s production of The Adventures of Lewis & Clark.  The 2nd graders will be performing in the USJ Cafetorium Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m.

“We are so excited that our second grade class will be performing “The Adventures of Lewis & Clark” this week.  They have not only worked diligently on line and song memorization, but they have learned so much information about Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in their classrooms.  They have watched a mini-documentary and done many classroom activities about the Lewis & Clark expedition, and they know all of the ones closest to the two who led the expedition – right down to the Newfoundland dog that accompanied them on the trip.  It is also fantastic to see that many of the students want to learn even more about the characters they themselves are playing,” said Elizabeth Atkins, lower school music teacher.
If you miss this fun performance, you will get another chance on Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.  Details coming soon!


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February 27 – 7 p.m.

February 28 – 7 p.m.

March 1 – 2 p.m.

A Ripple in the Pond

It was an exciting weekend for the upper school’s production of A Ripple in the Pond.  This was an original script written by Erica Davidson, theater teacher, and five USJ seniors, Amanda Holloway, Madison Perchik, Clare Robertson, Rebekah Sears and Adam Sills.  The play was written about a family who experiences the ramifications of having an abusive father.  The production was in junction with WRAP, Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program.

The purpose of the play was to bring awareness about the effects of abuse, who it happens to and how to help.  So many people are unaware that abuse doesn’t just affect the person in the situation, but everyone around them, including the community.  The storyline didn’t just touch on physical abuse between the father and mother, but of verbal abuse between their teenage daughter and her high school boyfriend.

This was a dramatic play that stirred up many emotions in the audience.  “I was honored to help bring light to a subject that many people don’t want to talk about, or don’t think about because it doesn’t happen to them,” said Davidson.  USJ wanted to go above and beyond just spreading the word about abuse and WRAP.  They decided to donate all proceeds to WRAP as well as taking up donations after each performance.  WRAP raised $2,100 over the weekend and the students and Davidson couldn’t be prouder.

If you missed the show, we are selling copies of the DVD for $20.  All proceeds will be donated to USJ’s Broadcasting department.  Please email Erica Davidson at edavidson@usjbruins.org. Play 1 Play 2 Play 3 Play 4 Play 5 Play 6 Play 7

Middle School Presents Pinocchio, Jr

The Middle School closed out the theater season with “Pinocchio, Jr”!














Tyler Bruno as "Pinocchio" and Chandler Haynes as "Geppetto"

Tyler Bruno as “Pinocchio” and Chandler Haynes as “Geppetto”

Great performance to end a great theater year!

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“Cheaters” – Upper School Theater

The theater class performed a one act play, “Cheaters”, this past weekend under the direction of Erica Davidson.  The dramatic acting chops displayed by our students was impressive!








Bravo Erica Davidson and students!


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