Welcome to the Jungle
Onekama Students Perform a Roaring Musical
Singing elephants, dancing
giraffes, and one boisterous lion… February 14 was no typical day at
Onekama Consolidated Schools. On Tuesday on the school stage, the fourth
grade class, under the direction of their music teacher Kathy Joseph,
gave one thunderous musical performance titled “Welcome to Jungle.”
The musical is based on Aesop’s
Fable “The Lion and the Mouse” and was written by Andy Beck and Brian
Fisher. Following auditions, Mrs. Joseph’s students spent a full month
memorizing their parts, learning the songs, and rehearsing for the play.
The results were spectacular.
Two performances were held on
Tuesday for parents and students. The musical included the portrayal of
jungle animals, singing, and acting. Like the fable it was modeled
after, the moral of the story was that everyone needs a friend.
As with most Onekama School
activities, there was great cooperation by many groups to bring this
story to life. Through collaboration with their art teacher, Dana
Woolman, the students tie-dyed their storyteller shirts in art class.
High school students Madalyn Harvey, Emily Barnard, Mikayla Johnson,
Danielle Ward, Jaylee Brown, and Jennica Mathieu assisted with painting
the faces of the jungle characters. Student Dalton Olson was the stage
hand. Mr. Bruce Peabody and Paul Cunningham provided technical support with
lighting, sound, and set backdrop.
“The students gave 100 percent in
their performance, and it was fantastic to see it all come together
after a month of hard work and preparation,” commented fourth grade
teacher Tracy Bennett.
Added Kathy Joseph, “I hope that
this musical play served as a first step in training and experience for
future Bear Lake, KND and Onekama cooperative drama productions. I can
imagine some wonderful shows with these talented singers and actors.”