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Rifle Middle School students getting in on act of drama program

Kay Vasilakis

In its third year of existence, the Rifle Middle School after school drama program is keeping students off the streets and authentically engaged. The program has grown to over 50 students who find their creativity through dramatic expression every day after school.Rifle Middle School’s full-length, 30-character production of the comedy/murder mystery “Who’s Dying to be a Millionaire?” on Nov. 22 was a great success, according to RMS drama instructor Vanessa Ivy.The middle school’s second production, a series of skits and monologues, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Rifle High School Auditorium. Admission is free; however donations will be graciously accepted. Productions are split up so the volume of involved students have an opportunity for at least one part to showcase their dramatic talent. Some have more than one part, and others may choose to do monologues for the second performance in December. The drama department has been working since mid-October to get both presentations ready.”Many of my after school drama students are veterans with the program. I have many eighth graders that started with me in sixth grade, so they really help the younger actors get ready,” said Ivy. “I will miss so many of these eighth graders when they move up to the high school next year. They are very talented and so fun to work with. I have many talented younger actors in the sixth and seventh grade that just started the program and are doing a great job.”There just aren’t enough weeks in December for all the schools and performances. Times for the following performances and productions will be 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Special events involving Rifle High School students include All-State Band auditions Dec. 2 and 3, the Rifle High School band’s Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 9, and the RHS choir concert on Dec. 16. Don’t forget the musical Guys and Dolls this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and a matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m. Riverside School’s 6-8 band concert is tonight, Dec. 3, and the 4/5 Program is scheduled for Dec. 17.Wamsley Elementary School’s program is set for Thursday, Dec. 5. If you want to see over 500 excited, little tiny kids singing Christmas songs, this is the place to be. Roy Moore Elementary School’s 5/6 band concert will be presented Dec. 12 in the gymnasium, and Esma Lewis Elementary’s fifth grade program is scheduled for Dec. 12 in the Esma Lewis gymnasium.On Dec. 19, the Rifle Middle School choir concert will be presented in the RMS gymnasium, and Kathryn Senor Elementary School’s music program will also be held on Dec. 19.Congratulations to the following Rifle High School football players who were selected to the all league team: Jason Enewold, Anthony Alfini, Aaron Jewell, J.R. Childress, Troy Weiss, Ryan Gilbert and Thad Porter. Honorable Mention honors went to Ross Hunter, Tony Allen and Greg Gustad. Jason Enewold was also named the Back of the Year, and will play in the All-State game in June.-Riverside School is in the middle of its annual food drive for Lift-Up, which runs until Dec. 9.All food will be donated to the New Castle Lift-Up office. Students and staff bring donations to homeroom classes, and the homeroom with the most donations will earn a party.-To transport your children safely to and from school every day, Garfield Re-2 school bus drivers spend much of their time pre-tripping and post-tripping their vehicle, making sure everything on those big buses is working properly for the safety of your students. When you drive out of your garage or dig out your vehicle and scrape off the windows, bus drivers have to spend considerably more time trudging through the snow doing their required pre- and post-trip duties, chaining up, as well as driving up the creeks through a snowstorm. Take a little extra time to let your school bus driver know you know how hard they work.

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