poster for local Mean Girls Jr. production

UPDATED April 29: Ottoson and Gibbs Middle School students staged the musical play "Mean Girls Jr." at Arlington High School, 869 Mass. Ave., April 26 and April 27, 2024. The show was presented through Music Theater International

The action, as some may know from both the original film and its recent remake, is set in a small Midwestern town. Cady Heron works to find her true identity and to form genuine friendships on campus after having recently moved with her parents from the East African nation of Kenya.

The musical has a book by Tina Fey, music by Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Nell Benjamin.

A local news release stated that "Audience members will relate to the nuances of being a teen in a new school and discovering what really matters -- all while being captivated by catchy tunes. Mean Girls Jr." is perfect for the entire family, running at 75 minutes plus intermission."

The show was directed by Arlington-based Positively Showtime! Inc. owner and Brackett Elementary School staff member Nicole Antonakas; music is being directed by Ottoson Middle School music teacher Nathaniel Smith;  it was choreographed and assistant-directed by Arlington Brass teacher Kristi Scaccia; and it is was produced by Ottoson music teacher Cori Smith. The cast of Ottoson and Gibbs students has been rehearsing since January.

Nellie Moore (8th grade), playing Lizzie, was quoted in the news release as saying, “All of the songs are really catchy, and it’s been really fun seeing all of the details coming together. Even if you don’t get a big role, you can have fun with your friends singing and doing the choreography for this incredible show.”

Cara Sommerville (8th grade), playing Mrs. Heron, the protagonist's mother, was quoted as saying that “The new directors have been amazing, and they really care about our success in the show. This cast has also been super dedicated to helping the show be the best it can be.”

This news announcement was published Friday, March 29, 2024, based on information submitted by Cori Smith, who teaches eighth-grade chorus and seventh- and eighth-grade general music at Ottoson Middle School. It was updated April 29, 2024, to indicate that the production has taken place.