||Shem Michaels loves
youth theater! He hopes to attend
Juilliard and perform on Broadway some day. He attends Green Bluff
Creative Academy, a little north of Spokane, Washington, where he gets
to try out for two plays a year. His family owns an apple orchard. So
when he's not studying his lines for a play or doing homework, he's out
working in the orchard with his family. He has a
one-year-younger-than-him sister--Cammie. They get along most of the
time. She chatters a lot, which drives him nuts. But they both love
theater, and they enjoy playing Monopoly and other board games
together. The one person he has trouble getting along with is TJ.
|Debz Elijah is crazy about youth theater! Ever since kindergarten, she's
been in love with dressing up in costumes and pretending she was
someone else. That's how she and Shem met. When they first showed up in
Mrs. Ripple's class, they found some costumes and jewelry and quickly
dressed up. She chose to be Queen Elizabeth, although she had some
trouble keeping the crown on her head. Shem put on an Elvis wig and
sang "Hound Dog" real loud. Debz enjoys her role as Queen Dalynn,
reminiscent of her days as the Queen of England in kindergarten. "It's
fun getting together and having lots of friends in drama class!"
Fortine is sure he's the best
actor in Green Bluff Academy's theater class. Although Shem keeps trying to outdo him, he'll never be a primary lead
as long as TJ's around. That's for
things have been pretty rough for TJ lately. His mom died
several years ago. His dad's in prison. Now, TJ lives with his
grandparents. And he hasn't been too nice to them either. In fact, he's
pretty grouchy to everyone at home and at school. Especially Shem Michaels. Of
course, things started to change when he accidentally fell into a . . .
well, you'll have to read
all about that in Stage Wars.
|Claire Moss loves
to read and write medieval
stories. Mrs. Dragoon, the theater director, is allowing Claire to
audit theater class to help with a special writing project. Claire is
so excited to watch the actors, even though she doesn't want to be an
actor herself. The thrill of a
medieval story pulls her right in and she starts typing on her
laptop. Later, when she goes on an adventure
with Professor Plunkmeyer, her dreams come true when she gets to see
the 11th century for real!!
Davidson likes theater and sports equally. When their
drama class gets to learn about sword fighting, it's one of the best days
of his life! But he's so eager to grab the sword, he almost gets into
trouble with Mrs. Dragoon and loses his chance to practice. Philly has
a habit of playing around too roughly sometimes. He likes to punch
someone's arm or mess up their hair--all in fun, of course! Also, he's
curious about the new friendship going on between Shem and TJ. They
must be up to something suspicious, and he's determined to find out
what it is!
||Cammie Michaels loves the word fabulous! Theater is
fabulous. Being at school with friends is fabulous. Getting to play
Jester in Island of Shalamar is
fabulous. One of her favorite things to do is play games with her
brother, Shem. And sometimes she wins! That is truly fabulous. Being
Jester is a kick. She likes squealing "Hothead" whenever she gets
the chance. And if she can throw in a "fabulous" she will!