Carmel Elementary students make film


Acting is new to Carmel Elementary School fifth-grader Katie Spence, but this was unexpected.

“I never thought I’d be in a movie at 11 years old, and it was just a fun experience,” said Spence, who has performed in several Christian Youth Theater productions. “It was fine because I was with all my friends.”

Spence appeared in the Carmel Elementary School’s Film Club’s production of “Tigers Rule!” The screenplay was written by CES computer lab teacher Karen Najjar. The premiere was given the red-carpet treatment, held at the larger Carmel Middle School auditorium. It was attended by family and friends, who cheered as all the performing students walked down the carpet. All the students saw the show for the first time that night.

Nine students played lead roles and 48 had speaking parts. There are 66 students in the film club.

“The story is there are eight students on the Spell Bowl team and they won the state and they need to get to the nationals,” Najjar said. “They need to raise $500, and to do that they need to have a babysitting service. On the day of babysitting, they one by one lose all the kids. They have to find them before the parents come to take them home.”

There are nine kids in the leads and 48 with speaking parts

“It was so fun, and I got to meet a lot of new people and make a lot of new friends,” fifth-grader Erin Suhy said. “I would love to do it again sometime.”

Fifth-grader Elliot Wiley said he enjoy portraying different characters.

“I like seeing the different sets and different props. I thought that was pretty cool,” he said.

Fifth-grader Owen Russell enjoying acting for the second time, having previously performed in a play.

“Bringing smiles to people’s faces is fun,” Russell said. “Seeing the bloopers are funny in general.”

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