HARVARD -- On Friday and Saturday, April 4 and April 5, the Bromfield Middle School Drama Club will present two one-act plays, "Mill Girls" by Elizabeth Anderson, and "School Daze" by Lindsay Price.

These shows are a study in contrasts: Then and now, rich and poor, funny and compelling.

The publisher describes "Mill Girls" as, "... girls from dissimilar backgrounds are thrust into the American Industrial Revolution of the 1840s when they take on jobs in a New England mill. There, they discover the unique rewards of factory work, as Hannah (played by Colleen Makosky) earns money to send her brother to Harvard, while Octavia (played by Madison Drummey) saves for her own tuition. As Irish immigration provides a wave of cheap labor to the mills, wage cuts and miserable working conditions become the norm, but the mill girls are determined to gain reasonable pay and conditions. With compelling characters and theatrical staging, the play brings history vividly to life."

"School Daze" brings back that first day of middle school, whether it was a fun house or a horror show. Did you fit in or were you an outcast? This show takes a normal (in other words, wild and crazy!) group of pubescent tweeners through that "Did I wear the right clothes? How will I find the right class? Why do those eighth-graders look so big..." day.

Both plays are directed by Martha Brooks, and will be presented in the Cronin Auditorium at the Bromfield School at 7 p.


m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors.

One of these shows will be the Bromfield School's entry to the Massachusetts Middle School Drama Festival to be held at the Bromfield School on Saturday, May 3. Bromfield will perform at 1 p.m. on that day.

For information, contact Martha Brooks at mbrooks@psharvard.org.