Willow Creek Elementary students performed “Beauty and the Beast,” March 27 at the elementary school for parents and community members.
Co-directed by Sandy Hawkins and Heidi Carletti, there were 55 students from Kindergarten through 4th grade performing in a well-known play with a script allowing for many students to participate.
While “Beauty and the Beast” is Hawkins favorite Disney movie, the play has relevance for the students and community.
“Obviously, the message that beauty is found within is relevant to students and community. It’s also a tale of good triumphing over bad and that through love, anything is possible. All good messages,” said Hawkins.
The cast began rehearsing after school, two or three days a week, since January.
The Fleetwood School District intervention specialist hopes that “the students in the production learn confidence, reading and speaking skills, memorization, discipline, patience, working cooperatively, listening and following directions, etc. And hopefully they will develop a love for the theatre and music.”
This is Willow Creek’s fourth show.
“Many of the students in our past productions have gone onto the middle school and have been a part of their shows,” said Hawkins. “Hopefully, we are helping to build the theatre program in the Fleetwood School District.”
Offering the students this theater experience is “so important to give children an outlet for creativity, to show them they can be good at something, and they can have fun doing it. Not all of the students in our show are excellent readers but with practice and commitment, they all have become good at their part and making this show a success,” said Hawkins.
Describing the atmosphere on and behind stage during the production, she said, “Of course, the kids have lots of energy. They are excited about performing on the stage. The committee members are a part of this because they love kids and the arts.”
The school PTA provided money this year to build a set, purchase a hanging microphone for the stage, and other needed items.
“The parents of the students in the show helped by providing the amazing costumes, helping their students learn lines, and making sure the kids are at rehearsal. We couldn’t do this show without the support of the families in our school,” said Hawkins.