Gr. 5 Parent Meeting: The Transition to Middle School
Wednesday, May 25, 2015
8:00-9:00 am – Library
Gr. 6-8 Cabaret: A Smash!
Wow! Last week’s Gr. 6-8 Cabaret was spectacular! The show was a collection of songs, poetry, and dance that flowed together into an original performance, called “Come Take A Journey.”
The show opened with a “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” with the cast “walking alone” on to the stage as various cast members took turns singing. Suddenly the music stopped and a student recited a poem, “Self Doubt.” Then the eighth grade cast members jumped into “My Shot” from the Broadway hit “Hamilton.”
Following this opening burst of energy, the show moved on to explore love through Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,” the whimsical “Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid,” an aria “O del mio dolce ardor,” Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and “On My Own” from “Les Miserables.”
A gripping original poem led into the song “You Don’t Know” followed by a stunning dance performance to “Cellophane.” Next up was a heartfelt trio singing “Don’t Do Sadness,” a violin-vocal duet of “Still Hurting,” and a solo performance of Adele’s “Remedy.”
The show ended on a hopeful note with a rousing rendition of “Forget About the Boy” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a reading of the poem “What Room Does Fear Have,” accompanied by an original piano piece. The entire cast closed out the show with a rousing version of “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”
As the show came to a close, the audience was left gasping from a performance that pulsated with intensity and emotion. The talent displayed by our students was remarkable.
This show would not have happened if not for the direction of teachers Kate Hollander (7/8 Social Studies) and Jon Weinberger (Gr. 4). We were unable to find a director for our traditional musical in December. Kate and Jon came forward at the eleventh hour and offered to run something a little different – a cabaret-type show. And run it they did. Following the lead of the students, they put together an amazing show that demonstrates the power that comes when we give students “voice and choice.” To paraphrase the heartfelt words of one eighth grade cast member, “You enabled us to have a memory of our last year that we will keep forever.” Bravo!