On Thursday night, our Riverdale School put on one of the most ambitious productions ever for the 2015 Riverdale School Play. The Wizard of Oz presented perhaps the largest ensemble in Riverdale School history, complicated further by elaborate sets and costume changes.
This year the production was spearheaded by Mrs. Jessica Palombi and Mrs. Calandriello, who were supported by a number of volunteer parents, all of which donated their personal time to make this production a huge success.
The lead players delivered fearless performances for a “standing room only” crowd. For the first time auditions for leads were opened to 4th and 5th graders. Those who landed the roles clearly rose to the challenge.
Early on the Kindergarten Class stole the hearts of the audience as the Citizens of Munchkinland. A special shout out to the 4th Graders who represented the Lollipop Guild; those who were in attendance know exactly what I am talking about.
One grade after another were met with grand applause. The 1st Grade as those pesky crows teasing Scarecrow. The 2nd Grade as the sassy Apple Trees who needed to be tricked into sharing their fruit, and then as the Haunted Trees spooking our fearless troop on their way to Oz. The 3rd Grade was downright frightening as the Flying Monkeys. The 4th Graders whose song and dance routines delighted; first as the Lullaby League and then as the Wicked Witch’s Jitterbugs. A blend of the 4th, 5th and 6th Grades delivered charming performances as the Ozians and the Witch’s Winkie Guards.
Lest not forget the unsung heroes of this elaborate production, the Stage Crew. Under the direction of Mrs. Goldberg, these kids manage to create incredible sets on a shoestring budget and they worked tireless to move them from one scene to the next.
Finally, a round of applause for Mr. Hanas for his help with the musical numbers and members of the Riverdale Band for entertaining the crowd with Rock and Roll between scenes.
The annual school play is something that many of us look forward to every year. Just like our Science Fair and Field Day, events like these set Riverdale School apart from others and makes our town truly special.