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Bridgeton Elementary Students have a blast celebrating the season
The holiday spirit was in full swing on December 12th at Bridgeton Elementary School’s annual Winter Performance, titled, The Winter List. This performance was unlike any other the school has hosted, as all grade levels, Pre-K through 5th grade, were represented. To prepare for such a grand scale event, planning for the performance started in September and practice with students began at the end of October.
Written and directed by Ms.Taylor Babson, Bridgeton’s newest music teacher, the performance follows three winter helpers as they journey on a quest to help Lady Frost find all the necessary elements for winter to arrive the next day. These winter helpers, played by fifth graders, Kenzie Schultz, Arabelle Webber and Eleine Blockholm, visit many places and people, including the Weather Wizards (4th grade), Snow People (Kindergarten), The Bakers (5th grade), Carolers (1st grade), Sledders (2nd grade), Reindeer (Pre-K), and Decorators(3rd Grade). When they finally find everything they need, the Winter Helpers excitedly return to Lady Frost , played by fellow fifth grader, Gwenivere Denis, and celebrate the coming of winter.
Each grade level sang at least two songs, with each song having coordinated movements to accompany it. The songs included classics, such as Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls, to newer tunes such as Candy Cane Lane and Winter Magic. Ms. Babson obtained the music from a variety of sources, including MusicK8, Alfred Publishing and Music Express.
This production also had many extra details including bucket drumming, coordinated candy cane dances, flashlight choreography, a moving sled and even songs with audience participation. And just like any other big stage production, there was plenty of backstage help with the aid of walkie talkies and two fifth grade student stage hands, Colby Smith and Jamiyah Petteway, who kept things running smoothly and fixed any last minute unforeseen mishaps.
Like most elementary school events, when children are participating, families come out in droves. This event was no different. While there is no official number of those in attendance, it was noted that all 500 chairs were filled and there was standing room only in the back and sides of the school’s gymnasium and cafeteria. A packed house provided loud cheers and applause after each grade level’s performance.
Ms. Babson and students dedicated many hours of hard work on this performance and it surely shows! Songs from this performance can still be heard down each hallway of our school, as students and teachers alike keep the holiday spirit going.