Loomis School students' imagination takes the stage

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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A play written by two Loomis students hit the stage this week. The B Street Theatre School Tour is performing “I Lost My Mind” by Megan Kelley and Gavin Thompson, fifth-graders at Loomis Grammar School, as part of its Fantasy Festival XXV in 105 assemblies in over 104 schools throughout Northern California. The professional theater company has incorporated five short scripts, selected from 150 plays submitted, into the production created especially for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Fantasy Festival XXV will visit Loomis School at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 26, when Gavin and Megan, both 11, will be introduced during the assembly. The public can attend a free performance at 11 a.m. at the theater, located at 2711 B St. in Sacramento. Emily Dallosta, Gavin and Emily’s teacher, said this is the fourth year she has encouraged her students to write a play for B Street’s playwriting contest. “We read a play in our language arts class, and then we ask them to either work individually or … with another student … to write their own plays,” Dallosta said. Before the plays were submitted, the class got to read the parts in the plays, Dallosta said. Six groups wrote plays and Dallosta selected three to enter into the contest. The three plays were really well written, with great ideas, Dallosta said. “All three were hilarious. The audience was laughing when they were reading them out loud.” Megan has already gotten a sneak peak at the production, as young playwrights were invited to a dress rehearsal at the B Street Theatre before the show went on the road. Gavin was not able to attend. “All of our hard work paid off,” said Megan, who worked with Gavin to come up with the story idea and dialogue for the five characters in the comedy, “I Lost My Mind.” Megan also typed the script. Megan said it was fun to make up characters and “give them a personality.” Gavin said his favorite character is Tyson, who is the best friend to the play’s main character, Conner, who misplaces his mind. Tyson, said Gavin, “is a good friend.” Alison Whismore, B Street School Tour Administrator and school liaison, said “I Lost My Mind” was selected by a panel of two or three in-house writers. “Our professional writers/judges take those winning plays and usually tweak them to boost that potential into guaranteed professional entertainment,” Whismore said. “It’s a great play. It’s very fun … We like to have a play that has a chase scene, and it was perfect that it had a chase scene.” She said all the plays are chosen for their originality, their dramatic structure, and for their potential to entertain.