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Ahoy: Skaneateles Sixth graders to stage 'Pirates' April 8, 9

Interest in drama is so high at Skaneateles Middle School that drama director Colleen Anna had to make significant cuts while casting the recent musical (Oklahoma!) even after deciding to double cast the production to include as many as possible.

"I had to cut 15, all sixth graders," she said. Last year, 90 students tried out for the middle school musical and Anna had to cut 40.

The high demand led to the creation of something new this year: a special drama program for sixth graders, sponsored by Skaneateles Summer Theatre.

The five-week program began March 7. Participants have been meeting after school each day to learn drama skills, music and choreography. The directors are Mary Jo Clary and Janet Kringer.

The session will culminate in the performance of a play designed for this age group called "Pirates, The Musical" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8 and at 2 p.m. Saturday April 9 on the Waterman Elementary School stage. Tickets are $5 each from any cast member or at the door. Contact jkringer@hotmail.com or Anna at 291-2308 for details.

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