Change your plans

Published 9:19 pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012

If your Thursday night plans do not include ghosts, Blackbeard or the Wright brothers, cancel them.
The Washington Montessori Public School’s annual sixth grade dinner theater will be held at First Baptist Church on Harvey Street. The fun starts at 6 p.m.
Each sixth-grade student is featured in a play that was either written or tinkered with by the students.
The three 20-minute plays were based on North Carolina history students studied this year. One is about Washington’s ghost stories. Another is a hilarious “lighthearted, completely fictional melodrama” about Blackbeard. The third play tackles the subject of the Wright brothers.
You may be thinking that a grade school play is something only a parent could endure with a smile.
You are wrong.
These kids have spent the last month working on productions that are funny, original and completely entertaining.
Before the 7 p.m. plays begin, the actors serve the meal. Guests have the option of chili, corn chowder or Brunswick stew.
The dinner theater is a tradition at Montessori that has become a right of passage for students who have looked forward to the opportunity to shine onstage for years.
Best of all, the event is for a good cause. Proceeds will send the sixth grade class on an educational trip that students help plan. They research the costs of hotels and transportation then hold fundraisers throughout the year to pay for it.
Admission to the dinner theater is $7 per person or $25 per family. Where else can you get a deal like that?