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Students to serve up ‘Breakfast Club’ at dinner theater performances throughout St. John Valley

FORT KENT, Maine — A newly formed Valley Unified Drama Unit, which includes students from three St. John Valley administrative units comprising the Valley Unified Regional Service Center, will come together later this month to present dinner theater performances of the popular 1980s movie “The Breakfast Club.”

The cast and crew are composed of students who attend schools in Madawaska, St. Agatha and Fort Kent, and the dinner theater performances will take place in all three towns.

The students are working under the direction of Fort Kent Community High School educator Doug Clapp.

The three administrative units have collaborated over the past year to combine services in a variety of educational realms, with drama being the latest of these efforts.

“It’s a good thing,” Clapp said of the Valley Unified Drama Unit. “The kids work great together and it’s been excellent.”

Clapp said that the addition of the students from the other administrative units outside Fort Kent has provided “a larger talent pool” from which to draw in terms of casting and producing plays.

Clapp said that many people he has talked to are excited about the prospect of attending a dinner theater production of “The Breakfast Club.”

“Adults love the idea. They all remember the movie and have a lot of fond memories of it,” he said.

The play will not include some of the more controversial aspects of the John Hughes film, but will retain its flavor.  

“It’s still got a bite to it. I think the teens are still talking to each other the way they do day to day, but it’s a lot more palatable,” Clapp said. “People will see as much of the original as we can give them.”

Valley Rivers Middle School student O’Lorin Epp-Braun is the only eighth-grade student in the play. Epp-Braun is cast in the role of the criminal, originally played by Judd Nelson in the film.

Epp-Braun said people should attend the dinner theater production of “The Breakfast Club.”

“It describes how these stereotypes are wrong. There’s more to a person than just the outside. People could learn from this. Also, it’s just enjoyable to watch,” he said.

Valley Unified food services director Melanie Lagasse and her crew will prepare the meal at all of the dinner theater performances. The menu will include a choice of chicken or roast beef, garden salad, potatoes and broccoli, a dinner roll, chocolate cake and beverages of coffee and fruit punch.

Tickets for “The Breakfast Club” must be purchased by May 17 and are available at all three Valley Unified high schools or from cast and crew members for $18 each. Tickets will not be available at the door.

All shows will begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. Show dates are Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at Madawaska Middle/High School; Thursday, May 30, at Wisdom Middle/High School; and Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Fort Kent Community High School.

The cast of “The Breakfast Club” is: O’Lorin Epp-Braun, Hannah Chasse, Ashley Daigle, Caleb Anderson and Ben Davis of Valley Rivers Middle School/Fort Kent Community High School; Teresa Cardillo, Lance Corbin, Arianna Moore, and Candace Hebert of Madawaska Middle/High School; and Savanna Hanlin of Wisdom Middle/High School.


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