David Wechter Release date1978 WriterSteve Jacobson, Briana London, Michael Nankin, David Wechter DirectorsDavid Wechter, Michael Nankin CastPaula Abdul, P. David Ebersole, Karen Capelle, Ira Kaplan Music directorDavid Wechter, Julius Wechter ScreenplayDavid Wechter, Michael Nankin, Briana London, Steve Jacobson Similar moviesMichael Nankin and David Wechter directed Junior High School and Midnight Madness
Junior High School is a 1978 musical featurette starring P. David Ebersole as Jerry Sanders. The film chronicles the first day of term at a dramatized school of seventh and eighth graders, and consists of seven songs along with several dance numbers. The only member of the cast to become well-known later is Paula Abdul, though she played a relatively minor role in the film.
The story begins with Sherry (Paula Abdul) declaring plans to hold a party that night. Upon hearing about this party, Jerry's friend Paul (Kirk Burnett) encourages him to ask his crush Lori Scott (Karen Capelle) to accompany him to the event. On his way to doing this Jerry encounters several obstacles, including repeated run-ins with Keith (Mikal Robert Taylor), a school bully, and Vicki (Toni Mazarin), an ill-intentioned girl who hopes Jerry will ask her to the party so she can spite a previous boyfriend.