A group of Hugh B. Bain Middle School students, along with their teacher, Maribeth Orabone, have dedicated a large part of their summer preparing for the Bain Summer Theater presentation of "Twisted Classics," several mini productions they have tweaked by adding in characters and dialogue to make it an appropriate show for children.
The show will be taking place on the front steps of the school on Aug. 8 at 11 a.m., and the students have been putting in hours of script writing, memorizing and practicing throughout the heat of summer.
"They've been very dedicated and they've been working on this since school ended," said Orabone. "This definitely would not work without them.”
Orabone said that Bain's front steps seemed "just perfect" for a summer theater production, something that hadn't been done before.
Shoshana Adler, who has been involved in past shows, is returning again, this time doing double duty as both director and actress in the same show.
"It's a little bit hard doing both and studying both, but it's getting easier each time," she said.
As she prepares for high school in the fall, Adler believes that the drama experience she's gotten from her productions at Bain has well prepared her for work in the drama program at Cranston East.
Giana Onorato, also going to East in the fall, will be pursuing more opportunities for acting on stage as well, with this summer's production being her first. The experience gave her the acting bug. She's already chosen a drama course for next year's class schedule.
"This is my first theater experience and I love it. I've always loved and wanted to do acting and I already know all my lines. I've been practicing a lot with my mom," said Onorato.
Kevin Solitro, also a first-time actor, has enjoyed the summer theater experience.
"It's my first time acting on stage. It's not too hard, just memorizing the lines can be hard if there's a lot of dialogue," Solitro said.
Moses Velasquez has three parts in the summer production and is no stranger to the Bain stage, having just played in the school's production of “Anne Frank” and before that, “Twelve Angry Jurors.” He found it interesting, however, adjusting the script to accommodate all of the actors and actresses as well as to accommodate the younger audiences.
"Normally you just go from the script, but this time we were adding script and adding characters," said Velasquez.
Orabone can't wait to see the production come together next week on the front steps of the school.
"This has been an amazing experience for me," she said.