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Lower School Musical Follows the Yellow Brick Road

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“Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!” More than 200 students, both onstage and behind the scenes, brought to life last week’s 2011 Lower School spring musical production, The Wizard of Oz. As the largest Lower School spring musical production in St. Margaret’s Episcopal School’s history, students in grades 1 through 5 worked together to bring the amazing characters of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Lion and Toto to the stage of Sillers Hall.

“It’s been fascinating to watch a new generation discover the story that for many of us has been a part of our lives for so long that we cannot remember when we didn’t know it,” said Director of the Arts and Lower School musical director Darcy Rice.

The cast members performed six sold-out shows during the week of May 19-21. Behind the scenes, 40 Middle School and Upper School students worked on the backstage and technical crews under the supervision of Dave Elvenia, tech advisor from the Nicholas Support of the Technical Arts. The student technical crew was led by Catherine Clarey, grade 7, and the backstage team was managed by Jordan Chun, grade 7.

To make the large production a huge success, Mr. Rice dual cast the show, working with smaller ensembles during after-school rehearsals for many weeks. Musical Director Diane Hawkins worked with ensembles and principal characters, teaching the story line and songs to the cast members while Choreographer Karen Cahill worked with the dancers on their numbers. Costume Designer Melinda Keane led the costume team with original creations that brought to life the characters of Munchkinland, the citizens of Oz and more. Student costume creators included Sabine Scott, grade 8, Kendall Robison, grade 7, and Katherine Weaver, grade 7.

A production of this size could not be done without the help of many dedicated volunteers and involved parents. Mr. Rice is grateful for the assistance of all of them, including Upper School parent Brenda Porrazzo, and alumni Jessica Roe (Class of 2009) who helped bring the final elements of the show together.

“After directing 28 theatre productions at St. Margaret’s, I continue to be amazed by what our students can do. I am grateful to be a part of a school where the arts are seen as an essential element of every student’s education. As the steel beams rise revealing the outline of our new Performing Arts Center, I am confident that our future will be filled with even deeper and richer arts experiences for all of our students,” said Mr. Rice.

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  • marla said:

    This show was spectacular. You are all appreciated for the efforts you take to pave the way for happiness through the arts. Beautiful and the children were amazing! Their smiles lit up the stage more than any spotlights could.

  • Shaudeh said:

    The characters this year were amazing. Since I was younger than the other principal parts they treated Jessica and I very nicely.