The annual spring middle school musical—a beloved Benchmark tradition—initially began as an after-school club, moved to the stage in the S.M.V. Hamilton, Jr. All-Purpose Room, and now involves all of the middle school students on stage or working behind the scenes in the state-of-the art A. Palmer West Performing Arts Center.
The musical, which has "taken on a life of its own and has kept going because of the students' interest," allows middle school students to get a taste of musical theatre in all aspects—acting, dancing, singing, set design and construction, and technical behind-the-scenes action such as lighting and curtain cues—often for the first time. It also allows students to:
Led by Middle School Teacher Dr. Eric MacDonald (Creative Director), Benchmark Alumnus Colin McAdoo '98 (Director/Choreographer), and the countless efforts of numerous staff members, each year’s show is a “not-to-miss” event.
- increase their responsibility and involvement from one year to the next as they mature and become more confident in their abilities
- learn how to work on a time-intensive project while still keeping up with schoolwork which encourages the use the self-advocacy and time management skills
- come together to achieve a common goal, as it is one of the few times that the students and staff really have to work together on a common project