Talent front and center at fundamentals play

By Samantha Johnson

“They will get to show off their skills in a very fun way and get to show the school what they’ve been working hard for… All of their hard work comes to an end and they get to be rewarded by their friends and family. It is so cool.” – special education teacher Emma Bellmann

Blue Springs students with special needs will break out their award winning smiles and top-notch dance moves in the Drama Den tomorrow at 1 p.m. for the annual Theater Fundamentals play. With three months of rehearsal, the charismatic cast is looking forward to performing for their fellow classmates.

Teacher and director Emma Bellman was glad to announce the theme for the 2018 program to BSHS staff just two weeks ago.

“This year is Trolls,” Bellmann said, “We pick a theme every year based on the most popular movies. Last year was “Sing!” and at some point we even put on Shrek,” she added.

Just as excited as their director, seniors Christopher Sloan and Tristen Flood noted that their performances have become better since enrolling in the course.

“Probably talking aloud and dancing (are my two most improved skills),” Sloan said.

Flood said that he has opened up to public speaking as well, but particularly enjoyed learning the choreography.

“I like dancing in front of an audience,” he said.

Both boys agreed that their favorite part of participating in the production was the bonds they made with their classmates.

“I’m just with all of my friends and it’s very fun. We have a lot of fun on stage,” Sloan said.

With the performance a day away, Bellmann emphasized how she felt the performance will pay off for her students.

“They will get to show off their skills in a very fun way and get to show the school what they’ve been working hard for,” Bellmann said. “All of their hard work comes to an end and they get to be rewarded by their friends and family. It is so cool,” she added.