2013 A Night at the Library
Clinton School Stage Brings Books to Life
Books came to life in the Clinton School auditorium on March 15 and 16 as standing-room only audiences watched the 5th annual production of the Clinton Theater All-School Musical Revue. Sponsored by the Clinton PTA, the revue offers students the chance to rehearse once-a-week from January to March and then show off their dramatic, comedic, dance, musical, and artistic talents both on and behind the stage. Support from the PTA makes the experience available and free to all students.
Over 300 students participated in the cast and crew of A Night at the Library. The original scripts, choreography, and acting was supervised by parent volunteers. Fifth graders worked with their director and Clinton parent Andy Leech to sketch out a series of scenes and background narration in which books come to life as they attempt to shelve them for the Clinton media specialist Jennifer Latimer. Mrs. Latimer made special guest appearances in the first and last scenes. After asking them for help in a special project, she warned them to read through the directions before they started. Anxious to get started, the student narrators quickly forged ahead with the project. Failure to follow the directions slowly turned each of the students into a character from a book as they tried to put them away and brought the stories to life.
In A Night at the Library, kindergartners appeared first, reciting the poetry of “Goodnight, Moon” to the tune of Katy Perry’s Firework. From there, swashbuckling pirates, ninja warriors, Captain Underpants, Peter Pan, the Magic Tree House’s Jack and Annie, Professor Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle, Where the Wild Things Are’s monsters and Max, Dorothy, the Tin Man, and her friends, the Mad Hatter and company, Willie Wonka, Charlie and his competitors for the Golden Ticket, Harry Potter and friends, and even the woodland creatures of Narnia and the Ice Queen appeared, all sharing the power and beauty of books. In the finale, French revolutionaries came to life, as narrator Aaron Yanda pointed out, in a scene that included “Catwoman, that Roman Gladiator guy, and Wolverine… and they all sing!?” They closed the show with “One Day More” before all of the performers took the stage for the grand finale, singing Firework as they proceeded back into the auditorium and filled the stage.
The all-school musical revue is one of the many ways that the Clinton staff, parents, and students builds a sense of community by bringing together students from different grades to work toward a common goal and parents and grandparents in a myriad of volunteer roles. By the end of the show run, 5th graders know the names of their new kindergarten friends, and first graders have gotten tips and advice from 2nd and 3rd graders about what’s ahead for them at Clinton. Teachers graciously turn over their classrooms to serve as green rooms for the week of the show, and many come to see their students on stage.
Clinton parents Brian Umiker, Janet Traska, Heather Kern, Jeremy Moss, Christy McElynn, Patty O’Connell, Kyle Sturhann, Jen Schuetz, Sharon Geraghty, Melissa Van Varick, Kathleen Hong, Satoko Hoshino, Christina Nix Lynch, Mascha Kapoor, Amy Janay, and Kevin Lynch headed up a crew of parent, 5th grade, and alumni volunteers that numbered more than 60 adults and 40 students to run the house, design and print programs, build sets, usher, manage the props, do lighting and sound, and design the production t-shirt.
— Elizabeth Aaron
To see some photos of A Night at the Library, click here to go to Flickr.
See the March 25, 2013 published article on Maplewood Patch.
2012 Time Machine
Time Machine 2012 was a huge success! Here are 3 videos posted on the Maplewood Patch by Liz Dornfeld. Click on the images to go to the video link on Patch.
Word War II/South Pacific
Composers Through Time/Beethoven
2011 A Night at the Movies
Did you see “A Night at the Movies”? It was such an amazing, incredible, and entertaining show! The kids and parents of Clinton School outdid themselves once again. Thank you to all those involved: front of house, back of house, directors, proctors, set and costume designers, and most importantly, the KIDS! Congratulations to them on another fantastic show. I was thoroughly impressed by everyone in the Clinton Student Theater.
Jung Lee Masters, PTA President 2011-12
2010 The 60s
For the second year in a row, the Clinton students knocked our socks off. It was a joy to watch them on stage singing, dancing, acting, and telling jokes.
Due to the generosity of the audience (including two full houses!), we raised enough money to purchase a spotlight for next year. Thank you!