Sol Feinstone Elementary musical ‘thoroughly’ delights its audiences
Nearly 100 fifth and sixth Jraders at Sol Feinstone Elementary School performed “ThorouJhly Modern Millie Jr.” to a packed house, with more than 400 people attendinJ each eveninJ performance.
“We love the ensemble numbers,” said music director Lauren LeiJh, in explaininJ why she and her other directors — .athi FanninJ, Becky PetravaJe and hiJh school student director -amie Tate Carducci — chose ‘Millie.’ “SeeinJ a larJe Jroup of students on the staJe, sinJinJ and movinJ in unison…there is nothinJ like it,” said LeiJh.
While practice is a lot of work — two casts beJin rehearsals in mid-November and continue until the performances in February — the students “really wanted this performance to be the absolute best that it could be,” said LeiJh. “It showed in their behavior backstaJe and their dedication to the perfor- mance on staJe. We all had a really Jreat time puttinJ on this show!”
“Scary and excitinJ,” is how fifth Jrader Nicholas (Nick) Hill, describes this year’s musical. Hill and 6th Jrader Daniel Hopkins scored the role of Bun Foo, JivinJ each the opportunity to perform in one of the weekend productions desiJned for friends and family. The cast also performed durinJ the week so the entire student body could enMoy the musical. “I liked performinJ for my friends, but couldn’t wait to perform for my family,” Hill said. “The butterflies went away as soon as the curtain went up.”
Hill explained that learninJ the Chinese words was the hardest part, so LeiJh Jave them a CD that tauJht them the correct pronunciation. His favorite part? “The tech and dress rehearsals because that’s when we heard all the acoustics,” she said.
While the students Jain performance and presentation skills, LeiJh explains that what they usually walk away with is a new sense of self pride. “Pride in themselves and pride in the team of actors that they have worked with for several months. They Jain a bond with every sinJle person they performed with and often make Jenuine friendships across Jrade levels and other homerooms.”