REACH Students Bring Famous Mysteries to Life

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REACH Students Bring Famous Mysteries to Life



Students in Jefferson Middle School's Reading Enrichment and Arts Cohort for High-Achievers solved mysteries this past semester.  The REACH students pored over the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and Edgar Allan Poe, looking for clues to make the perfect plays. 


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They selected their favorite stories and adapted them into script format.  They presented their work to the general public with two productions: And Then There Were None and Sherlock Holmes


Both plays debuted on January 29 and were free to attend.  Sherlock Holmes started at 5:30 p.m.  And Then There Were None began at 7:15 p.m.  Students in the advanced REACH program performed on the night of the 29th while 6th grade students new to REACH and a few advanced students performed the following night at the same times.  All shows were free and open to the public.



Both plays were completely student-written and produced and were the final product of a semester-long study of the mystery genre.  Each year, students in the program, which serves highly-capable and high-achieving students from across Olympia, study classic literature from various genres and ultimately adapt those stories to the stage.  REACH is a student-led class with all students contributing to the final script.  Student directors then cast the show and select stage managers as well as audio and lighting directors to bring the show to life.  




The REACH program has been a staple of Jefferson Middle School for decades and was reinvented in 2016 to focus on classic literature, creative writing and student-leadership.  Since 2017, REACH productions have been completely student-led.  


Photos from the 2019 Jefferson Middle School's REACH productions of And Then There Were None and Sherlock Holmes are now online.  You can view the whole gallery here.


Sherlock Holmes Dr. Watson, and the Hound of the Baskervilles