Musical Theater Ensemble Performs at I.S. 171

On December 21st, the cast of  the musical theater class at I.S. 171 presented a winter showcase to family and friends alongside other after-school programs such as the band and two dance groups.  The 5th through 8th graders of Patricia Runcie’s musical theater ensemble performed selections from three Broadway hits, featuring a popular song from each show.

Students learned not only key musical numbers, but developed their characters as well.  The class taught acting techniques and key elements of musical theater with a strong focus on ensemble-building. Students were able to gain experience in a variety of musical genres, and were able to make an informed decision about the play that they will most enjoy performing for the full-length spring production. This year, Patricia and her students will be performing an original script called The Optimistic Orphan for the spring musical.


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