Dec 10, 2013

Holyoke Catholic, elementary students collaborate on theater productions


(Photo courtesy of Blessed Sacrament School)

Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – Students from the Holyoke Catholic High School Performing Arts Club have been spending time at two Catholic elementary schools this fall, helping the younger students learn about theater production.

The results of their collaboration will be on display this weekend at Commonwealth Academy in Springfield as students from St. Joan of Arc School in Chicopee and Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke present separate performances of an original play, “Mike Martin’s Sunday Night Radio Show.” The holiday-themed play includes popular holiday music.

The St. Joan of Arc school performance will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.; Blessed Sacrament School will take the stage on Saturday, Dec. 14, also at 7 p.m. Nineteen students will perform in the St. Joan of arc show, and 52 students in the Blessed Sacrament version.

Eva Stockhamer, the longtime director of the performing arts program at Holyoke Catholic, also is directing the elementary productions.  

“These programs are unique because we share costumes, sets, props, space and the director with Holyoke Catholic High School Performing Arts,” said Stockhamer. “Some of our performing arts students volunteer their time to help these programs at rehearsals, in back stage roles and at performances.

“It really is a great thing to see form an adult’s perspective: the ‘big kids’ working with the grammar school kid son a project,” she said.

Tickets are $10 and may be reserved in advance by contacting Stockhamer at Tickets will be available at the door while supplies last.