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Beauty and the Beast a smashing success!
Congratulations to both the casts and crew of this year's 3-6 play, "Beauty
and the Beast."
Pierce theater productions continue to be a source of pride as our students demonstrate their talents outside the classroom and in the dramatic arts.
The play was not only well-done and entertaining, but provided a great message: the importance of accepting differences and not judging by appearances.
I couldn't have been more pleased to see over 150 of our 3rd- to 6th-grade
students take part in this classic musical.
Our students make connections to the themes of the play in their classes when the topic of bullying behavior is discussed. I believe these discussions inspire some to look even more closely at the messages in "Beauty and the Beast." This closer
look then assists us in keeping the spirit of fair play and acceptance of
those different than ourselves ever present at Pierce School.
The production of this play would not be possible without the long hours,
fabulous creativity and unending energy of the volunteer Pierce parents,
who helped make the show so successful.
In addition to those named below, please also join me in congratulating and thanking parent producers Deb Dowd and Joshua Abrams, parent director Ryan Bailey, parent musical director Min Lew, parent chorus director Laura Prichard,
and chorus choreographer Laura Stillman.
With such great casting, directing, dancing, singing, music, costumes, set design, lighting and props, one might think it was simple to do. We know better and we thank you all! Many hands made light work!
Please help me thank and congratulate the additional parents who
participated behind the scenes:
Set designer Susan Levin; set coordinator Blanka Bogdanovic; costume
coordinators Martha Huntley and Eileen Regis; rehearsal volunteers
Elizabeth Ferry, Melanie May, Cass Miller, Edel O'Hara, Kate Risse, Jackie
Rossey and Suzanne Steele; chorus coordinators David Elzy, Kate Ewen,
Joanne Evans, Nancy Levanthal; chorus volunteers Tamara Bloch, Debi Martin
Kao, Stacey Downey, Ruth Feldstein, Mimi Lee, Jami Loh, Michele Mendoza,
Lise Nigrovic, and Marjorie Whittaker; tech and lighting coordinator David
Elzey; set crew Blanka Bogdanovic, Susan Chorley, Frank Criscione, Hilary
Elkins, Susan Levin, Peter Sacks also Carpenter; props crew Frank
Criscione, Wendy Grossman, Melanie May and Joseph O'Farrell; rehearsal
snacks Sushma Boppana, Stephanie Cprrado, Ann Kamensky, Donna Luff, Cara
Murray, Elizabeth Stillman, Tara Washburn, and Bee Keng Yeo; bake sale
coordinators Cherie Gaehde and Pam Wolf; bake sale volunteers Stacey
Downey, June Duchesne, Hilary Elkins, Ruth Feldstein, Marcia Ferrigno,
Kristin Hicks, Debbie Jacobs, Mary Lee, John Murphy, Jackie Rossey, Myrna
Solomon, Karen Sutton, and Bee Keng Yeo; program poster/ticket/t-shirts
Eric Friedman, Sarah Bishins, Jeanine Dias-Gaylor; photographer Aynsley
Floyd and photographer's assistant Jenn Mason; videographer Phil
Schroeder; show volunteers Deb Abrams, Blanka Bogdanovic, Cara Ferragamo-Murray, Elizabeth Ferry, Ellen Geller, Nicole Lapidus, Eve LaPlante, Silvia Lee,
Melanie May, Yolanda Mendez-Rainey, Cass Miller, Emma Morton-Eggleston,
Edel O'Hara, Jeannine Pinto, Kate Risse, Olga Rogozina, Jackie Rossey,
Suzanne Steele, Laura Stillman, Karen Sutton, Tara Washburn and Chi-Chi Wu;
curtain repair Sarah Bishins and Cass Miller; and ticket sales coordinator Meredith Saillant.
Also, our thanks to 8th grade violinist Sophia T.!
My apologies if I've inadvertently forgotten someone.
Thanks again for another wonderful theater experience for our students and