Spring Valley fifth grade students presented “Cinderella KIDS” on Thursday, May 3rd under the direction of Mrs. Kari Duntz. “Cinderella KIDS” was partially funded through the Geary Community School’s Foundation grant. The musical was performed using newly purchased sound equipment for the school including a new sound board and sixteen headsets.
“Cinderella KIDS” is a timeless “rags to riches” fairy tale. Young Cinderella is mistreated by her evil stepmother and stepsisters. When she is denied going to the royal ball, her mice friends and Fairy Godmother help Cinderella’s dreams come true. After going to the ball, Cinderella meets Prince and falls in love! This musical reminded the Spring Valley audience that if you believe, the dreams that you wish can come true.
The musical process began in November when students auditioned for roles they were interested in. After casting was complete, Mrs. Sierra Jackson, Principal at Spring Valley, taught choreography for the opening and closing numbers. Many students also signed up to participate in choreography crews and worked together to create the actions in many other songs with the help of Mrs. Erin Smith. Fifth graders were also given the opportunity to work as crew members behind the scenes and help as lighting designers.
Costumes were graciously lent from the Junction City Little Theatre for many girls to wear. Mice costumes, king and prince shirts and town crier vests were made by Mrs. Linda Duntz. Many parents donated time and resources to have other costumes made and donated for their children to wear for the musical.
The set for “Cinderella KIDS” began with a new PVC pipe background for a curtain built by Tim Stuck and Matt Lemon. Deanna Upham and Matt Lemon created and painted many set pieces including a door and window, stone fireplace, a mice hole and a grand staircase. Ian Sandoval and Alison Hayden created and donated the grand carriage. Ms. Christina DiMattia assisted in making royal banners for the ballroom, a broom, a spool of thread and needle and scissors. She also created and programed the lighting design for the musical. Many necessary props were donated and created for the musical by parents Kari Carpenter, Katie Schmahl and Christina DiMattia.
Fifth grade students rehearsed for many months beginning in February to prepare for “Cinderella KIDS”. Many Spring Valley staff members donated time to help assist with after school rehearsals including: Nancy Peterson, Amy Innis, Deanna Upham and Dana Haywood. Tim Stuck and Julie Stuck assisted as sound technicians for rehearsals and performances. The time invested into the production was evident in the performances viewed on stage this week. The Spring Valley fifth graders and Mrs. Duntz would like to sincerely thank each teacher and parent who made this show possible for them.
Article provided by Kari Duntz, Music Teacher at Spring Valley Elementary