Junior Journalist Update from Addams – By Michah K.
“Top of show places!”
During the month of March, those were most likely the most frequent words said in the gym of Jane Addams Junior High as students worked hard to get ready for Beauty and the Beast Junior. This was a stunning performance presented by many Jane Addams students. Even the stage and set pieces were constructed by students.
“The musical was an amazing learning experience, and I’m forever grateful to Mr. Lundgren and Mrs. Caliendo (the two musical directors) and the entire cast for making it what it was,” said Jordan D., the actress that played Belle.
Mr. Lundgren said if he could do the production again he wouldn’t change anything.
“The musical came out great,” he said.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of the wonderful cast that put this all together, and if I could do something different I would do the production for another weekend so I could create more memories with the amazing cast and crew.
The three student choreographers did a fabulous job coming up with all the dances by themselves. Brandon U., who played Beast, said that his favorite part of the musical were the dances. They definitely were a highlight.
The musical took a lot of work, and it was very difficult at times.
“The hardest part of the musical was dealing with the weather,” Mrs. Caliendo said. “Our cast and crew did a spectacular job in making up for lost time. As you know we lost quite a bit of rehearsal time with the Polar Vortex this winter, but the students stepped up to the plate and worked twice as hard to make it all work! I couldn’t be prouder!”
Everyone who helped out made the show a success. The parents also deserve special thanks because they were the ones who helped sell concessions, drove kids to school at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, and more.
Overall, Beauty and the Beast was very successful. Mrs. Caliendo said she is very proud, and she thanked Mr. Lundgren and all the cast and crew for making the show amazing.
Although Beauty and the Beast is over, Addams’ variety show, Addams’ Got Talent, will be performed Wednesday, May 22 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Be sure to come out and see it.