Last month, the newly-formed William Floyd Elementary Drama Club put together a great rendition of Snow White for students, faculty and families to enjoy. The play was held in the school library, and consisted of drama club members showcasing their acting talents.
A lot of time, effort and helping hands went into the development of this play. Kimberly Mina, director of the drama club, said that auditions for the play started back in November, and once the cast was decided, rehearsals began immediately every Monday from November through May.
Along with the performances, a lot of time and effort was spent on creating the background scenery for the play. “The stage crew and dancers were split into three groups,” said Ms. Mina “Each group was in charge of creating one part of the set. They either designed the castle, the forest, or the cottage. They also created the props such as the 3-D diamonds for the musical number.”
The commitment shown throughout the rehearsal process by the students certainly paid off, as the response from audience members was very positive. “I was so impressed with the students’ hard work! They did a fantastic job during the performances,” said Ms. Mina. “For many of them, it was their first time performing in front of an audience and they were very nervous but they worked through their nerves to succeed!”
“Participating in the drama club fosters communication, cooperation, and self-confidence in students. It also requires a lot of self-control, work ethic, and dedication,” said Ms. Mina. “Students spend their own time memorizing their lines, as well as take feedback and directions and apply it quickly. The skills that they learn in drama club are life-long skills that will help them be successful in life.”
The success of the club’s first official play has opened the door for future projects. “There was an overwhelming interest in the club and we had so many family members and friends attend our night performance. After the show, I heard many of our younger students talking about the club and expressing interest in participating in the future! I’m excited for all of the possibilities. It has been a wonderful experience that we hope to continue for years to come!”
The club performed three different shows, two during school hours at William Floyd Elementary, and a night show for families and other members of the district to enjoy.
Cast and Crew Members:
Michael Pedra, Maisy Miller, Dylan Martinez, Madison Heaney, Tyler Horrigan, Ava Medvar, Kiya Cuevas, Georgia Rochford, Claira Parente, Julius Olmeda
Student Assistant Directors:
Giovanna Perez and Katelyn Perillo
Students that were in dance and worked on the set:
Savannah Klein, Caiden Wilkerson, Gabriela Zambrano, Mircale McKinley, Annalyse Cruz, Kamiyah Rose, Kiera Hodgson, Morely Cruz, Gabriela Mercado, Jonna Indursky, Mackayla Palladino
Set Design Members:
Ashley Lopez, Sofia Peren, Isabella Humberstone, Atlas Uzeyiroglu, Julian Vasquez, Jocelyn Montalvo, Anthony Ruffo, Nick Woodworth
Photos and story by Thomas Reilly
Public Relations Intern, St. Joseph’s College