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PMS presents ‘Dinner Theater’

Students in Pulaski Middle School’s chorus, drama club and after-school micro-society theater troupe combined their talents to perform "No Strings Attached," a musical adaptation of the adventures of Pinocchio.
The students took advantage of Pulaski Elementary School’s combined cafeteria and auditorium, and presented "No Strings Attached" in the style of a dinner theater.
Every student at PMS was given the opportunity to audition to participate in the play, and every student who auditioned either made the cast or was assigned an understudy part.
Kelly Eaton, music, chorus and drama teacher at PMS, served as the driving force behind the production.
"It’s my favorite thing I do all year—my crowning moment as a teacher," she said.
Eaton implemented a dinner theater production at her first teaching job at an elementary school in South Carolina, and brought the idea with her when she came to PMS.
The first year, she said, "I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I soon learned how much work has to go into something like that."
And the work isn’t easy. To prepare for one of these productions, Eaton does it all— from the food, the sets, the props, the costumes, to the actual play, the table settings, the decorations and getting the volunteers organized.
"It’s one of the toughest jobs I have, but I love every minute of it," she said.
Eaton said that her reward is "seeing how proud my students are of themselves at the end of it all.  They work hard, too!"
From rehearsals, memorizing lines and music, to taking stage directions and orders from Eaton, the students have put a lot of work and dedication into making the show a success.
"It takes its toll on them," Eaton said.
However, she said "allowing the students to have an opportunity to showcase their talent for the community is an opportunity that these students might not get elsewhere. I love that I am able to do this with them and for them."
Cast members included: Austin Talbert as Chipper, Bryce Jakupczyk as Grandpa Woods, Coty Allen as Child One, Lucas Goad as Child Two, Corey Carr as Child Three, Demetrius Ayers as Geppetto, Trey Smith as Melampo, Devin Allen as Pinocchio, Maci Ratcliffe as Collodi Cricket, Courtney Ratcliff as Purple Fairy (Violet), Dakota Harriman as Pietro, Brooke Hundley as Harlequin, Barbie Whitaker as Pulcinella, Mitchell Hash as Sly Foxx, Megan Ziegler as Klever Katt, Samantha Lovern as String Bean, Allison Banks as Ringmaster, Ariel Woodie as Assistant, Anne Kelly Newman as Tonia Tuna and Ashlyn Spence as Grandma Woods.
Chorus members included: Jessie Alley, Breana Arnold, Brittany Baker, Allison Banks, Darian Blevins, Scott Burgess, Britta Cannoy, Marian Carter, Miranda Chandler, Carmen Crawford, Emily Cressell, Patricia Crowder, Rachel Denning, Regan Dunford, Bailey Dunnivant, Katie Estes, Tracy Frith, Morgan Hall, Dakota Harriman, Kelsey Hash, Morgan Hill, Chelsey Hodge, Maizy Landreth, Carlea Long, Tuesday Manning, J.T. Martin, Lana McQuade, Olivia Poole, Tyra Redd, Paige Riggins, Maggie Salamanca, Rachael Sams, Sierra Scott, Jed Singleton, Ashlyn Spence, Amber Spiker, Jordan Thornton, Sierra Underwood, Ariel Woodie and Adaisha Wright.

Eaton also expressed her appreciation for the following individuals who volunteered to help with the production: Michael Perry, Rosita Perry, Linda Edwards, Linda Steffy, Toma Eaton, Jerry Eaton, Irene O’Dell, Cheryl Mertz, Stephen Mertz, Jonathan Holcomb, Kendra Macy, Joe Ratcliff, Evan Ahmann, Dakota Ward, Ginny Hagee, Myra Redding, Sandra Hodge, along with Pulaski Elementary School.

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PMS presents ‘Dinner Theater’

Students in Pulaski Middle School’s chorus, drama club and after-school micro-society theater troupe combined their talents to perform "No Strings Attached," a musical adaptation of the adventures of Pinocchio.
The students took advantage of Pulaski Elementary School’s combined cafeteria and auditorium, and presented "No Strings Attached" in the style of a dinner theater.
Every student at PMS was given the opportunity to audition to participate in the play, and every student who auditioned either made the cast or was assigned an understudy part.
Kelly Eaton, music, chorus and drama teacher at PMS, served as the driving force behind the production.
"It’s my favorite thing I do all year—my crowning moment as a teacher," she said.
Eaton implemented a dinner theater production at her first teaching job at an elementary school in South Carolina, and brought the idea with her when she came to PMS.
The first year, she said, "I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I soon learned how much work has to go into something like that."
And the work isn’t easy. To prepare for one of these productions, Eaton does it all— from the food, the sets, the props, the costumes, to the actual play, the table settings, the decorations and getting the volunteers organized.
"It’s one of the toughest jobs I have, but I love every minute of it," she said.
Eaton said that her reward is "seeing how proud my students are of themselves at the end of it all.  They work hard, too!"
From rehearsals, memorizing lines and music, to taking stage directions and orders from Eaton, the students have put a lot of work and dedication into making the show a success.
"It takes its toll on them," Eaton said.
However, she said "allowing the students to have an opportunity to showcase their talent for the community is an opportunity that these students might not get elsewhere. I love that I am able to do this with them and for them."
Cast members included: Austin Talbert as Chipper, Bryce Jakupczyk as Grandpa Woods, Coty Allen as Child One, Lucas Goad as Child Two, Corey Carr as Child Three, Demetrius Ayers as Geppetto, Trey Smith as Melampo, Devin Allen as Pinocchio, Maci Ratcliffe as Collodi Cricket, Courtney Ratcliff as Purple Fairy (Violet), Dakota Harriman as Pietro, Brooke Hundley as Harlequin, Barbie Whitaker as Pulcinella, Mitchell Hash as Sly Foxx, Megan Ziegler as Klever Katt, Samantha Lovern as String Bean, Allison Banks as Ringmaster, Ariel Woodie as Assistant, Anne Kelly Newman as Tonia Tuna and Ashlyn Spence as Grandma Woods.
Chorus members included: Jessie Alley, Breana Arnold, Brittany Baker, Allison Banks, Darian Blevins, Scott Burgess, Britta Cannoy, Marian Carter, Miranda Chandler, Carmen Crawford, Emily Cressell, Patricia Crowder, Rachel Denning, Regan Dunford, Bailey Dunnivant, Katie Estes, Tracy Frith, Morgan Hall, Dakota Harriman, Kelsey Hash, Morgan Hill, Chelsey Hodge, Maizy Landreth, Carlea Long, Tuesday Manning, J.T. Martin, Lana McQuade, Olivia Poole, Tyra Redd, Paige Riggins, Maggie Salamanca, Rachael Sams, Sierra Scott, Jed Singleton, Ashlyn Spence, Amber Spiker, Jordan Thornton, Sierra Underwood, Ariel Woodie and Adaisha Wright.

Eaton also expressed her appreciation for the following individuals who volunteered to help with the production: Michael Perry, Rosita Perry, Linda Edwards, Linda Steffy, Toma Eaton, Jerry Eaton, Irene O’Dell, Cheryl Mertz, Stephen Mertz, Jonathan Holcomb, Kendra Macy, Joe Ratcliff, Evan Ahmann, Dakota Ward, Ginny Hagee, Myra Redding, Sandra Hodge, along with Pulaski Elementary School.

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