Riverside School flies high with ‘Peter Pan’
GREENWICH — The children of Riverside School never want to grow up.
On Friday and Saturday, Riverside School will put on “Peter Pan,” the story of a free-spirited young boy who can fly and never grows up, for the annual school musical performed for its student and parent community.
The play is produced by a committee of eight parent volunteers, with an ensemble of 70 students from the fourth and fifth grades. Josue Jasmin Productions, a local theater production company, provides a director and musical coordinator for the show, but all the costumes, props, and set elements are orchestrated by the parent volunteer committee.
The Riverside tradition is now its 20th year. Previous productions have spanned many Disney classics, including “The Lion King,” “Beauty & The Beast,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
“With each class play, students gain confidence performing for an audience and become more comfortable speaking in public,” Principal Christopher Weiss said in a statement. “Plays provide wonderful opportunities for creative expression and collaboration, as well as teaching students valuable lessons about cooperation and teamwork that resonate long after the play is over.”
The play culminates a school-wide Peter Pan experience: All students were challenged to read the Peter Pan story over the summer, and several different, age-appropriate versions of the book were offered at the school’s book fair, and themes from the story were incorporated into the curriculum throughout the fall.
“The play gives students who have an interest in theater a way to explore that avenue, while also providing an opportunity for all students to get involved,” Weiss said. “Whether you are the lead actor, a stage hand, or simply there to watch and enjoy the show, the play gives opportunity for participation at multiple levels, and promotes a community environment at the school.”
Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday for parents and family members of the students. The event is closed to the public, but for additional details contact Riverside School’s Press Contact, Dina Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org .