AYER -- Ayer Shirley Regional High School Drama Club has been constantly in motion over the past few years, taking on more shows, more projects and more challenges with each year.
In addition to a straight play and a musical each year, the group has formed its own improvisation troupe (The Quick Wits), and it has ventured out into state-wide competitive performances.
"Theater is more than acting onstage, it's a personally developmental experience for each student that participates, which is why each year I try to find new ways in which the kids can grow and progress," said drama director JulieAnn Govang. "This means constant work and fundraising to do the things we hope to do, but it's worth it."
Two local businesses have decided to offer their support to the drama club: Season sponsor Pinard's Florist and Garden Supply of Ayer, and spring musical sponsor Alo Seamless Gutters of Littleton.
Since 1984, Pinard's has been providing the Ayer community and well beyond with landscaping, gardening and florist services from their three locations on Central Street and West Main. For more information, visit Pinard's online at www.pinardsinc.com.
"It's really great what the drama club does for students at the high school," said Joe Alo of Alo Seamless Gutters. "The kids have fun, but they're also learning ways to express themselves confidently, problem solve and work together.
"Recently, I enjoyed the fall show 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' and I couldn't believe the work the kids put in, and what a great show they put together. It's important to support all school activities, but after seeing how invested these kids were, I wanted to help the drama club do more; to help them grow."
In this case, as production sponsor, Alo Seamless is helping the drama club to design and grow a 6-foot man-eating plant for the spring musical.
For information about Alo Seamless Gutters, visit them online at www.alogutters.com.
ASRHS Drama Club's next production will be the hilariously horrific "Little Shop of Horrors," playing May 10 and 11 at 7p.m.; May 11 and 12 at 2 p.m. in the Laura S. Leavitt Auditorium at Ayer Shirley Regional High School, 141 Washington Street in Ayer.
This production is rated PG-13 due to content.
Tickets are $15; $10 for students and senior citizens.
For info, call 978-772-2545 or visit ASRHS Drama online at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.