NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – It was controlled bedlam in the Northbridge Middle School auditorium Thursday afternoon.
The Drama Club, under the direction of adviser Michelle Benoit and a group of parent volunteers did a last walk-through of their fall production – NMS Live.
Performances are scheduled at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 and 2 p.m. Jan. 12. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.
A playful take on the long-running TV show "Saturday Night Live," the 63 Drama Club members dance, lip sync and spoof their way through skits written by Benoit and choreographed by the students.
“These kids absolutely amaze me on a regular basis on how good they are,’’ Benoit said.
Among the skits: Lady Gaga, Ozzy Oxbourne and Michael Jackson give Alec Trebek a reason to hate his job, a student and Benoit jealously tussle over a cardboard handsome man while lip-syncing to “Call Me Maybe’’ and a despondent teen finds joy in a Gangnam Style dance. The Coneheads threaten to eat the human boyfriend of their daughter, the Blues Brothers dance across the stage and a student sings of love for a red sweatshirt, lip-syncing to comedian Adam Sandler.
In past years, the Drama Club has done musical plays. This year’s production was suggested by parent-volunteer Donnamarie Beckman, Benoit said.
Sound is under the direction of parent volunteer Jason Bloem, who has two students in the middle school, one of them in the Drama Club. He also performs as a newscaster in one of the skits.
Parent volunteer John Brown handles things backstage. He said that, while one skit is being performed, another is being set up behind a second curtain.
The show is open to the public.