Middle School Musical

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: 
  •  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
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. 

Save the Date for the Middle School Musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast!
Thursday, May 31, 9:15 AM & 7:30 PM
Friday, June 1, 7:30 PM

All are invited to enjoy the Middle School's 26th Annual Musical production,  Disney's Beauty and the Beast, on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, at 7:30 PM in the A. Palmer West Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and tickets are not required! Download an event flyer here.