This year’s school musical at Oregon Middle School is an original production written by two teachers in order to engage a conversation on school bullying.
The play titled was written and directed by Kristina Casarona and Carrie Pickford, and focuses on a student that is bullied at the new school she just started at.
“When selecting a show this year, we wanted to do something that not only showcased the talent of the cast, but also had a message the students of Oregon could connect with,” Pickford said in the play’s program. “Therefore, Ms. Casarona and I selected songs and wrote a show with that in mind.”
Based on the novel Stargirl and the Glee television series, new student Leah falls for a popular boy in school, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend Quinn. Quinn makes Leah’s school experience as terrible as possible, until a tragedy leaves Quinn with no one to turn to but Leah.
During the production, students will perform renditions of popular songs such as Mercy, Imagine, Just the Way You Are, Forget You and the show's title song Don't Stop Believing.
The play will be performed January 26-28 at 7 p.m. at Oregon Middle School, 109 Oregon Ave. in Medford. Tickets are $7. The full cast list is in the program .