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DSMS presenting comedic plays this weekend

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Fifty-five Dover-Sherborn Middle School students are busy rehearsing for three comedic one-act plays. Audience members of all ages will love a funny spin on their favorite superheroes in the comedy, "Superheroes, With Great Power Comes Ordinary Responsibilities." The hilarious play, "Game of Tiaras," is a mash-up of Disney princesses and "Game of Thrones" that includes both dancing and stage fighting. And the comical whodunit, "Murder, Actually," is centered around a wedding with lots of surprises that will keep audience members guessing and laughing.

Julia Martin, a 7th grade drama student who is performing in "Murder, Actually," thinks there is something for everyone in the play. “My favorite thing about our show is that it has so many different aspects … it has drama, it has suspense, it has comedy! So, no matter what you enjoy watching in a play, you will like watching 'Murder, Actually.'”

“I think audience members will like our play because it’s really funny and very entertaining, great for all ages!” Marisol Saenz, an eighth grader who will be portraying Wonder Woman in "Superheroes," says of her play.

Bradley Hodson-Walker, a 6th grader who will be portraying The Hulk in "Superheroes," says of his role: “I like re-enacting what I see in the movies and it is fun to scream my lines and do muscle-man poses.”

The production of the middle school spring plays differs from the big fall musicals in that the plays are directed by six Dover-Sherborn High School students. Student directors Benjamin Hodson-Walker, Lila Hovey, Aidan Levinson, Annie Liu, Katherine Roer, and Jeb Shue will be switching roles from being on stage performing to making their directorial debut. Izzy Taylor, an 8th grade drama student who is performing in "Game of Tiaras" and "Superheroes," says of having student directors: “I like how the directors really care about the show and are able to have fun with us at the same time.”

The performances will be Friday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., and two shows on Saturday, April 28 - a matinee at 2:00 p.m. and an evening show at 6:30 p.m. at Mudge Auditorium. All three plays will be performed each night. "Murder, Actually" will also be performed at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival, hosted by the Dover-Sherborn Middle School on Sunday, April 29.

Tickets for the Dover-Sherborn Middle School spring plays are just $10 and can be purchased online at or at the door.

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