Something's 'Special' at Grace Academy

May 06, 2010|By SAM SAXENA / Special to The Herald-Mail
  • Katie Wingert, a sixth grader, left, and Claudia Jones, a seventh-grader, pose as Punchinello for Grace Academy's production of "Are You Special."
Submitted photo,

Grace Academy drama department's production, "Are You Special," has a clear message for kids of all ages: There is someone who loves you.

"Are You Special" is the rama department's first-ever full-length musical, complete with acting, singing and choreography.

The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, and final performance is at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

Tickets cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

"Are You Special" is a self-esteem play encouraging children not to worry about what others think. Viewers are taken to the colorful town of Wemmicksville, where people are judged for the good and bad things they have done.

The main character, Punchinello, never seems to do anything right and is just looking to fit in. After a visit with the Wemmicks' creator, Eli, Punch seems to be on the right track, but then everything goes awry.

This is something the school has never done before and the cast promises it to be spectacular. The cast and crew say they have been working hard on the play. The play is directed by Lori Boutieller, who is marking her second year at the school.


- Sam Saxena is an eleventh-grader at Grace Academy and plays Sharply, the Wemmicksville baker.

If you go ...

WHAT: "You Are Special"

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

WHERE: Grace Academy, 13321 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown

COST: $5 in advance or $7 at the door

For more information: Call 301-733-2033 or go to

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