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"I tried to save my excitement for home so I could experience it with my family. I'm a little nervous because I haven't done this before," said Losey, a seventh-grader. "Remembering my lines is the hardest, but I'm sure I'll be fine."

Losey credits Calvin with introducing him to drama. When he had her as a sixth-grade language arts teacher, she wrote in his yearbook to try out for the play in seventh grade, so he did and he's glad.

"I get to meet a lot of new people and I'm getting a lot of help from everybody. I'm meeting people I might have never met and I've never really been the center of attention before," said Losey, who said he plans to act again.

Some students, like seventh-grader Brendan Dailey, have acting experience and don't mind alternating between big and smaller roles.

"I've done a lot of plays through the years and have had big parts, so having a smaller [part] this time doesn't matter to me," said Dailey, an Oompa Loompa. "I like singing more than acting and just interacting on stage. It's a lot of work, but it's fun."

Calvin said giving students of all experience levels a chance to act is what keeps her coming back year after year. She said the kids she comes across are always great, but this year's bunch is "extremely focused" and putting forth an impressive effort.

"I like to see the kids get a chance to bring themselves to the part and bring ideas of what they like to do and how they like to do it," said Calvin. "The best thing is actual show day because it's so special for them."

Calvin has also directed "Seussical" and "High School Musical," two plays she said were very kid friendly and fun to put on. While she's been around acting for years, she never actually took to the stage herself.

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