Millstone pupils prepare production of ‘The Day the Internet Died’

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MILLSTONE – Students in the Millstone Township Middle School’s Eagles Production Drama Club are preparing to perform a play they directed and produced.

“The Day the Internet Died,” a short comedy written by Ian McWethy and Jason Pizzarello, will be performed at the Millstone Performing Arts Center, 5 Dawson Court, at 7 p.m. June 8. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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The play follows the residents of a town who must contend with not having access to the internet for a week.

“The Day the Internet Died” is the second production to be run by students from the Eagles Production Drama Club, who are under the supervision of teachers Lisamarie Cappuzzo and Emily Dotsey.

More than 45 pupils in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades are involved in the production of “The Day the Internet Died,” according to a press release from the Eagles Production Drama Club.

According to the press release, Zee DeCaro and Bee Shields are the directors; Brendan DeRose and Natalie Robbin are the stage managers; Jordan Rudolph is in charge of costumes; Olivia Conklin is in charge of props; Giuliana George is in charge of scenery; Harry Biello is in charge of lighting, sound and projection; Kayleigh Meagher is in charge of choreography; Reese Appel is in charge of photos and the Playbill; and Jemma Kaufman wrote the press release for the production.

Also involved in the production are Julian Blanco, Joey Blythe, Ethan Cairns, Mia Costagliola, Brian Deniz, Matt Diamond, Jill Fried, Presley Greenleaf, Alexa Hartz, Kayla Jordan, Zack King, Madison Knutson, Makenzie Knutson, Maya Malinowski and Breanna Schlupp.

Among the students involved, 10 were responsible for writing new scenes in the play, according to the Eagles Production Drama Club.

I think it’s exciting that we have this many students working on it, it’s so much fun to see the creative ideas all (the students) bring,” Cappuzzo said. “It’s always so hard to say goodbye to our eighth-graders, because I have worked with some of them since first grade.

“But it doesn’t matter if it’s their first show or their 10th, they will always be a part of Eagle Productions and this will always be their home.

“I think everybody is very well suited for their roles, but even more important than that (is that) they are making the roles their own. I think it’s not so much about whether they fit their role, but how they each put a new spin on a character and evolve the role into something new,” Cappuzzo said.

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