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Thompson Drama Begins Rehearsals [PHOTOS]

Despite lack of school, Thompson community comes together to put on a play written by parents and performed by students.

They were not at their home school, but  students were just as energetic when they got together on Friday to read through the , an annual tradition at the .

"The kids were very excited to get their parts and see the script for the first time," said Kelli Murphy, one of the event organizers.

For a a few years now, the Thompson community has come together to produce semi-original plays that celebrate students and delight parents. The shows are usually written, produced, directed and designed by parents and caregivers while students provide onstage talent.

This year, Producer Julie Lucey said, parents received permission from Gregory Maguire, creator of the Broadway play "Wicked," to adapt one of his books, "Leaping Beauty."

Murphy said three Thompson parents wrote the first draft of the play, for which students auditioned early January. On Friday, they met at  to begin rehearsing for the show, which should open in April.

Murphy said the program has faced many challenges this year, mostly because of the students' scattered locations during rebuilding. But to help with that, the Arlington community has “really stepped up to help.”

Donations are also encouraged, Murphy added. To participate, send donations to the Thompson Drama Club:

Thompson Drama Club
c/o Sarah Huber
24 Amherst Street
Arlington, MA 02474

Julie Rackliffe Lucey January 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Thanks, Patch! The kids truly did have a blast, and did a great job at the read through. 2 important points, though--donations to Sarah go to 24 Amherst St. AND, this year we did not write our own play--we were very fortunate to get permission from Gregory Maguire, creator of the Broadway play, Wicked, to ADAPT one of his books, Leaping Beauty (and other animal fairy tales). We are also using a story from the book called The Three Penguins and the Big Bad Walrus. Julie Lucey, producer
Pedro Oliveira Jr. January 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Thank you very much for your comment, Julie! I have added your notes to the story. Best!

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