Shady Side Academy Middle School will present the fall play Villain School for parents and guests on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. The performance will be held in the cafetorium on the school's campus at 500 Squaw Run Road East, Fox Chapel. Admission to the play is free. Performances also will be held during the school day on Nov. 7 and 8 for Middle, Junior and Country Day School students.
The Villains' Institute for Learning Evil (VILE) is where all the famous storybook villains go to learn their wicked ways. Like any school, VILE has its own social groups: the Monsters, who are always hungry and love to scare people; the Witches, who make a mean brew; the Convicts, who are expert thieves and con artists; and the Misfits, who just don't fit in. There are also the Evil Geniuses, who rule the school and are at the top of the food chain. But everything is turned upside down when the smart and talented new student, Frank Stein, shows up and challenges the status quo. Things get even worse when he falls head over heels in love... because love is strictly forbidden at Villain School. That's why Heidi Jekyll, the object of Frank's desire, wants nothing to do with him. That is, until the potion she concocts for the science fair goes awry, transforming her into a sugary sweet princess. Faced with potential expulsion and certain embarrassment, will the forces of evil ultimately tear them apart, or will true love prevail?
The cast includes 23 students in grades 6-8 and features seventh grader Jeffrey Brunner as Frank Stein and eighth grader Elliott Scheri as Heidi Jekyll. Additional cast members include eighth graders Maisie Johnston, Deven Nahata, Leo Rickard, Madeira Semins and Kayla Zhu; seventh graders Navya Arora, Sophia Gombos, Maanya Goulatia, Ethan Hou, Ava Jankowski, Juliet Krokosky, Avanti Muvvala, Rachel Poltinnikov and Ava Terezis; and sixth graders Ethan Chen, Julia Monaco, Regan Mulderig, Ariya Nahata, Simon Passerrello-Carnevali, Suhani Sehgal and Sophia Vrcic,
The play is directed by English teacher Camille MacRae, with technical direction by music teacher Randy Broker and art direction by art teacher Stefanie Vorrasi.
Good luck to the entire cast and crew!