In April, the entire kindergarten class performed at this year’s kindergarten shows, which took on an undersea theme. Louis Hoffman directed each kindergarten class at every one of the four shows. Students, costumed as various forms of undersea life, sang several popular songs paying tribute to the life aquatic, including “Somewhere Beyond the Sea” by Charles Trenet and Jack Lawrence (and made famous by Bobby Darin and others), The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” and “Wipe Out” by The Surfaris.
Faculty and staff members also appeared in the show, including Lisa Diffenderfer, who narrated the show while dressed as a mermaid, Larissa Weaver as a water buffalo and piano accompanist Paul Woodruff as the submarine helmsman. Each kindergarten homeroom teacher made a guest appearance in the show as the titular character from the Disney Pixar film “Finding Nemo.” Not to be outdone, Hoffman directed the entire show dressed as a deep-sea diver. The show was Hoffman’s last as director, as he will be going on to teach in the after-school music program full-time.
Danny Dunn, technical theater teacher, served as technical director as well as set and lighting designer. She was assisted by her grade 5 technical theater class, who acted as the technical crew. The middle school’s technical theater club came up with the show’s costume concepts. Gail Palmer, lower school dance teacher, choreographed the show’s dance sequences.