The Valdosta Daily Times
Valdosta Middle School Players bring the popular movie and TV show “Fame” to the stage in a big way.
With two principal casts, VMS Players Director Toni Jarvis leads 120 students in this song-and-dance extravaganza set to play two nights this week. The stage show is based on the 1980 movie about students attending the High School of Performing Arts and their travails as they study to become dancers, actors and singers.
Featuring eighth, seventh and sixth graders, Jarvis has rehearsed her students for the past several weeks at Valdosta Middle School. On Monday, they began rehearsing in what will be the performance space in the Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center, making the adjustments from classroom to stage.
This production is the “junior” production of “Fame,” meaning it has been abridged for content and length for a younger cast. Audiences will still find many favorite songs such as “Hard Work,” “There She Goes/Fame,” etc.
Meanwhile, the student performers of VMS Players will reach for the stars.
THE PRINCIPAL CAST (full names provided): Nyanda Walker-Potts, Amanda Taylor, Alijah Patterson, Aloura Barnas, Mary Moseley, Allie Smotherman, Abigail Walker, Nada Kent, Dominique Goins, Chance Myers, Makaela Lewis, Aleah Singleton, Khaniah Johnson, Alyssa Jones, Tripp Flemming, Destiny Harris, Laila Aleem, Logan Pape, Ja’Len Smith, Christina Lane, Jodeci Mitchell, Amber Washington, Shelby Doss, Monteria Richardson, Raquel Goddard, Arianna Moore, Simran Patel, Destiny Bryant, Kenely Goff, Kalashia Kier, Jalonda Davis, Kaylee McCutchan, Jaylin Baskin, Kentia Covington, Alyssa Ridenour, Mary Staten, Raven Ford, Emily Lieupo, Caty Carter, David Spikes, Garret Herring, Nya Bryant, Kaniya Alexander, Allison Parker, Marissa Lasher, Morgan Hancock, Kaitlyn Pollard, Taren Bethae, Christopher Washington, Nymirah Hummel, Diana Brown, Kaitlyn Crosby, Alyssa Jackson, Semajerae Phillips, Nigel Hollis, Tehja Hill, Shaveria Holliman, Felicity Morrison, Katelyn Gann.
DIRECTION, PRODUCTION: Toni Jarvis, director; Tabby Palmer, student director; Larisse Hogans, technical director; Valecia Bryant, publicity; Keelin Berrian, set lead; Sarah Burton, light board; Katherine Littlejohn, spotlight; Kaliece Bush, sound board, costumes; Kassidy Bunte, costumes; Kailee Baskin, props mistress; Drew Parker, Dane Tillman, stage ninja.
Valdosta Middle School Players presents “Fame Jr.”
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, March 21, 22.
Where: Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center, 3101 N. Forrest St.