After working since before the beginning of the school year, Anna McLaughlin and her team of dedicated parents and helpers, brought to life the story of a toymaker whose only wish is to have a well-behaved son, or so he thought. My Son Pinocchio, Jr. is brought to life by a cast of third- through fifth-graders in a musical that is both delightful and poignant, encouraging all parents to embrace the individuality in their children and cherish their unique qualities. The wonderful music, costumes and sets bring us along on this colorful journey. Come and see for yourself: Friday, November 10, at 7 and Saturday, November 11, at 7, in Fishburn Auditorium. The performances are free and open to the public.
A Message from the Head of School
Years ago, my ninth-grade daughter learned that she would not be able to play both tennis and volleyball, because they occurred during the same season. Not content to let my daughter lounge around watching One Tree Hill reruns, my wife required my daughter to try out for our spring musical, Bye Bye Birdie. While initially reluctant, my daughter wound up participating in musicals all four years of high school and to this day has a deep appreciation for the theater.
I tell this story on the heels of watching our Lower School musical, My Son Pinocchio, Jr. and marveling at the large cast, fabulous costuming, and professional staging. Jacob Juneau as Geppetto and Anna Ciccozi as the Blue Fairy were particularly outstanding, but Tyler Bloomfield was a definite showstopper as Professore Buonragazzo, the mad scientist. The show is short, only an hour or so, but it is well worth watching and supporting our youngest thespians.
This morning, the Lower School grades one through five assembled in Muscaro Gymnasium for the second annual Sportsmanship Code signing. The captains from all of the fall athletics teams came to talk to the students about what it looks like to play fair, to give it one's all, and to always be kind and encouraging—on and off the field. Afterwards, representatives from each grade came to sign the Code with the Upper School students. During P.E. periods, all students will have a chance to sign this year's sheet. The Upper Schoolers will also return during Lower School P.E. periods (when they have a break) to play with these impressionable young athletes and demonstrate how to put their words in action!
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