Hello, Dolly!, Dr. Seuss and More!!
For the last 10 years, the Performing Arts Department at Wesleyan has brought to the stage musicals such as The Sound of Music, Singin’ in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and more!
With every show, the cast of students has always given outstanding performances. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 guests came out to see this year’s musical, Hello, Dolly! The show was the same high caliber labor of love as in past years, drawing patrons from all over the Triad community. This blockbuster Broadway hit, was filled with high-energy and fun for all! With a cast of 60 plus students from 8th to 12th grade, the stage was filled with the sights and sounds of this incredible musical. Abbey Rampley (12th grade) playing lead character, Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi, and Youssef Gobran (12th grade) playing Mr. Horace Vandergelder, continually left the audience in stitches with their quick-witted comedic lines. Additionally, Wesleyan’s Director of Bands, Kyle Auman, directed the live orchestra that included mostly students along with a few professional musicians from our community. The orchestra did a fantastic job, which made the show even more strikingly impressive.
Students are always excited and cannot wait to be a part of this special endeavor. Practice for the shows start months before the actual performance and students spend hours rehearsing lines and songs. Whether their part is a lead role or only in a few scenes, all of the students love what they are doing and by the end of the last performance have grown very close to one another.
The Elementary School is also preparing for their musical, Holy Moses, which will once again be offered in two performances on Thursday, March 30, at 12:30 and 7 p.m. This fun-filled musical tells the beloved story of Moses. Kids learn through song about what caused the plagues, significance of the Passover and Exodus, and how we came about with the Ten Commandments. The students give hours of their time learning lines, songs and choreography and love being a part of this endeavor.
Students in the Elementary School are also enjoying a little bit of downtime from the musical, as they are having fun celebrating Dr. Seuss Week! Our Media Specialist, Amanda Cassetta, began this celebration last year, and it was a great success! Mrs. Cassetta and Assistant Media Specialist, Amy McNeill, go beyond the normal call of duty with all that they do for our students. Our Head of School, Dr. Rob Brown, Mr. Rickman, Mrs. Owens, board members, many other staff, parents and grandparents have spent time reading the ageless tales of Dr. Seuss to the students.
We are very proud of these talented students who sacrifice their time and give their full effort to pursue excellence in all that they do. We are also thankful for the dedicated staff who lead them and remind them daily that whatever they do, even celebrating Dr. Seuss, should be done for the glory of the Lord.