Northfield parent, daughter organizing play

  • Students rehearse a scene from “Because of Mr. Terupt,” which will be performed at the Northfield Elementary School on Thursday and Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/5/2019 10:56:01 PM

NORTHFIELD — A small cast of students directed by a Northfield parent and her high school-age daughter is performing “Because of Mr. Terupt” at Northfield Elementary School this week.

Show times are Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free.

The story is about a fifth-grade class’ relationship with its new teacher, Mr. Terupt, and how the students’ relationships to one another change when an accident puts their teacher in a coma, explained Deborah Potee, the play’s director. Potee adapted the show from a novel written by Rob Buyea, a former teacher at Northfield Mount Hermon School, with his permission.

The cast of 12 is made up of students from fourth grade to eighth. Potee is co-directing with her daughter, Vivienne, who performed in the same show when she was in sixth grade.

Because the show is about a school, it’s easily relatable for the cast, Potee said. The actors don’t wear costumes, and most aspects of the setting are things they’ve experienced in real life.

“It’s a story that’s not too hard to imagine actually happening,” she said. “It feels very real.”

Rehearsals have been going on for the last two months, twice a week at the library, Potee said. Dress rehearsals were finished this week. The production is sponsored by a grant from the Northfield Cultural Council.

Reach Max Marcus at or 413-772-0261 ex 261.

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