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Dutcher acts out with drama club
Dutcher Middle School drama club performs on stage in 2006 for their play Honk. The club performs an annual musical or play for the city of Turlock. - photo by Photo Contributed
Drama clubs are typically known as a group of students that put on and attend different plays and musicals, but not at Dutcher Middle School. In the Dutcher drama club, students learn to dance, read music, and they learn different acting techniques to help them perform for their city.
Every year the drama club usually puts on a musical or play but this year, because of the economy, the club is having trouble getting sponsors for their annual performance, said Anne Cordell, drama club adviser. Instead they plan on having an acting workshop from Oct. 19 through 23, for all 60 students in the club.
The students will learn interview techniques, have an actual working resume, and take head shots, Cordell said.
For the past 10 years, the drama club has put on eight musicals. Some musicals they performed were Music Man Jr., Aladdin Jr., and Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
“The annual play brings together the school community,” Cordell said. “Everyone gets involved and plays a role in the success of the play.”
Secretaries have made costumes, teachers have helped usher guests to their seats, and others help with whatever is needed to put the play together, she said.   
Despite the disappointment of lacking a student performance this year, the drama club has a lot of new experiences in store.
Every year they make a trip to Ashland, Oregon, to go to the Shakespeare Festival in May for four days, she said. The students will get to see about four to five plays and get a back-stage tour.
The club is also planning on going to many different musicals and plays throughout the year. In October they are planning to see a performance of Broadway musical Guys and Dolls in San Francisco. They also plan on seeing a show at the Gallo Arts Center, and a show in Sonora.
For students to attend these events they must pay to go, so the club is really big on fundraising, Cordell said.
“If a student really wants to go to an event and can’t afford it, we will make it happen,” she said.
Some events can be expensive, so Cordell tries to offer many different activities so there are a variety of shows to chose from for the students that can’t afford to attend every event, she said.
Fundraising is done about once a month to help increase each students' account so they can attend as many events as possible, Cordell said. They sell magazines, poinsettias for Christmas, key chains and they sell different things in magazines.
The drama club meets about once every other Wednesday during lunch time, she said.
To be a part of the drama club, the only requirement is to have a 2.0 GPA.
“If you have the love for theatre and drama, you are welcome in the drama club,” Cordell said.
To contact Maegan Martens, email or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.