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Lights, Sound, and Musical!
Lights, Sound, and Musical!

by Eva Esparza, Music Teacher

Here is our program/poster cover artwork for our upcoming Spring musical, The Phantom Tollbooth! Please remember to save the date for Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Marriott Wardman Park- across the street from us.

The cover was put together from Elementary students' art. The cover picture was drawn by Sonia Russell, with an addition of the "Castle in the Air" drawn by Aodhan Daly. So many of our children created so many beautiful pieces of artwork for the program! Their work will be found throughout the program and will be displayed in Aidan's halls.

At this point, scripts have all been highlighted, music has been distributed, and students have been involved in helping me create cue sheets for our sound engineer, Kennedy Wright, and the lighting company from the Marriott. It is important to our children to be involved in all aspects of a theatrical production. It is a valuable mental exercise for students to read and reread the script with many different goals in mind; students will read through the script only visualizing the lighting, and then they will reread the script thinking about the sound effects. All of this brings about an awareness of these important aspects of storytelling. It is wonderful to witness the collaboration among our students, our teachers, our pianist, and the lighting and sound people, toward the end of enabling the students to explore as much as they can into the art of theatre.

In our discussions on lighting, students have suggested possible colors for certain places like "A blueish purple with no warmth for Digitopolis!" "Bright, orange lighting in the market scene!" "Red, eerie, hazy lighting for the Demons and can we use a fog machine?"

For sound effects, students have suggested interesting effects such as dripping water sounds in the miners' cave of Digitopolis. Also, they have tried to create their own buzzer sound effect for the Tollbooth by using a circuit board. Below is a picture of our students trying to create circuit sounds with a circuit board for the buzzer sound effect. They did successfully create the buzzer sound but unfortunately, it might be a bit too complicated for our live performance. We are currently thinking about how we can create a simpler sound.


I will be sending out more information shortly regarding specific costumes for The Phantom Tollbooth!

Finally, here's a wonderful quote from the book of The Phantom Tollbooth:

And remember, also, that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you'll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow. Princess of Sweet Rhyme