How we met Covid regulations and put on the performance of a lifetime during lockdown.
If you asked any of the 4th and 5th graders that had been preparing for the last 9 weeks for their Elementary Musical production of Shrek Jr, they would tell you “The cast of 30 students and their 3 musical directors were determined that the show must go on.” Their performance of Shrek Jr. was not only outstanding, but also a testament to the perseverance of the students and their teachers, against the odds, to make it a reality. Students zoomed in to rehearse their lines while on quarantine and developed socially distanced dance routines that required occupying a large portion of our 500 seat auditorium. They sang and danced on stage while socially distanced, and wore face masks during all rehearsal and for the final performance. Their masks were designed to match their costumes or used as props and their mics were carefully placed to help project their voices which came through loud and clear.
The performance was live streamed with over 200 people streaming in from different parts of the world; from the US, to Argentina and Australia. Parents, grandparents, and relatives watched their children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren and the handful who were able to attend made much noise through cheering. The show was spectacular and gave the entire community a burst of joy that anything IS possible, even in the middle of a world pandemic and even when the odds may be stacked against you. One of the musical directors, Ms. Kress commented that “This cast had so much heart and so much resilience. Because of the current situation, we had to raise the bar of expectations and these students far surpassed them all with enthusiasm. We are incredibly proud!"
We cannot wait to see the next performance at the American School of Milan which will be the Upper School production of The Sound of Music in March.