Sol Fe­in­stone Ele­men­tary mu­si­cal ‘thor­oughly’ de­lights its au­di­ences

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA -

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.”

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