John Glenn Middle School Tackles ‘Big Bad Musical’

The actors unite at John Glenn Middle School as student actors prepare to tackle the performance of “The Big Bad Musical.”

The show tells the story of the Big Bad Wolf as it deals with a class action lawsuit brought by Little Red Riding Hood and others. Witty scriptures and driving musical numbers round out the evening, as the audience becomes the jury.

Led by seventh-grade language arts teacher Katie Gotschall and librarian Judy Beetem, the band has been rehearsing since shortly after the Christmas break. With a cast of over 20 sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the show took a long time to get ready.

“We were supposed to put on the musical in 2020, but we were closed before the performance,” Gotschall said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I remember telling the kids that we only had a week left to rehearse.”

Only one individual from the original cast will perform this week. The students involved have not had the opportunity to experience a production like this since the shutdown due to COVID-19 regulations and restrictions.

“It’s been hard to bring them back to what it really is. They think it’s like a kindergarten program where you put cardboard on and sing. Now they’re like, ‘Wow.’ It’s bigger than we thought,'” John Glenn Middle School principal Trent Cubison spoke about the production.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Friday, at New Concord College. There is no admission fee but donations will be accepted.

For more information on the performance, contact Gotschall or Beetem at 740-826-7631.