Vernon Theater is Back with a Roar
Thanks to the OBEN Board of Education, a Vernon Play was added to the 2016-17 budget. The Lion King Jr. was scheduled for Thursday, February 16.
The plan was for the cast to be coached for the singing parts by Mr. Lou Costidis and prepped for their lines by Ms. Teriann Chiappardi and Ms. Britany Ford in the months leading up to the play.
A professional theater group was slated to come in for the last week to ready the cast and crew for the production. However, due to two snow days being used during the last week before the play, the production had to be moved to Friday, April 28.
The professional theater group could not make the new date, so the entire production fell on the shoulders of Ms. Teriann Chiappardi and Ms. Britany Ford.
Glen Scott Design was hired for the sound and lighting.
The performance went off without a hitch to a packed house. It was truly remarkable that such a quality production could be presented by an elementary school.
“Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and academic achievement. In addition to having higher standardized test scores than their peers who do not experience the arts, students who participate in drama often experience improved reading comprehension, maintain better attendance records, and stay generally more engaged in school than their non-arts counterparts.” Reprinted from “The Impact of the Arts on Learning,” ed. Edward B. Fiske. (Washington, DC: Arts Education Partnership and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, 1999) 1-18
Vernon Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio summed it up saying, “The future of the Vernon Dram Club is shining brightly. We anticipate additional students joining the cast and crew with aspirations to become an integral part of the District’s theater arts program. Our students’ commitment, hard work, and enthusiasm have made our first play a huge sensation. We are in the process of selecting a play for the 2017-18 school year and will announce the title in the fall. We greatly appreciate the District’s support as we strive to make next year’s performance even better than Lion King Jr. Break a leg, Vernon!”