Middle and Upper School Arts News & Stories

MS Previews Musical at LS Assembly
Posted 04/23/2015 01:44PM



The cast of the Middle School musical has traveled down to the Lower School to preview their show for the past decade, and 2015 was no exception. “When I began working here 11 years ago, I found it strange how separate the campuses were,” recalls Amanda Eastman, a member of the theater arts department and the director of the MS musical. To remedy that situation, Eastman arranged with the Lower School to have the MS cast present a preview of their show at an assembly, and has continued this tradition ever since.

“The MS students love going down to the LS! They feel mature, and the students who went to the Lower School feel like they are coming back to the River Campus as ‘rock stars.’ They get to see all their former teachers, the playground, and class buildings. In fact, it is difficult to tear them off the campus when it’s time to go back to the Hill,” Eastman notes.

“The LS students are always a wonderful audience, and it really excites the musical actors to have an audience before they open up on the Hill,” Eastman adds. “And, publicity for our shows is always good!” 

For their part, the LS enjoys having their former “buddies” come back to visit. And, many of the LS students have siblings in the MS, too. “I want to connect the students from both schools to help them see what is coming for LS students, and to remind the MS students how they have grown. Many of the cast remember when they were at the LS and in the audience. It is also nice to bring the MS students down to be the ‘big kids on campus’ because on the Hill they are the little guys,” says Eastman.

Eastman has arranged some other dramatic pairings, too. Earlier this year, one of her MS theater classes performed “The Jungle Book” for both the early learning students (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade) and the faculty children in the Infant Toddler Center on the Hill.

A Little Princess will be performed in the Jeslo Harris Theater on the Hill Campus, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 23-24, and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. For free tickets, e-mail theatertickets@riverdale.edu

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