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WE SALUTE OUR SENIORS

     OTW has four seniors this year, and is our tradition, each was interviewed. We know without a doubt they will go off to college and do themselves proud. 

Ethan Dalton Mary Ring, Courtney Sisson, Veronica Ferry
 
Ethan Dalton
 Ethan has been with OTW since the end of his freshman year, and was involved in the OHS musicals throughout his high school years. He said that being a part of OTW brought him out of his comfort zone, and he learned about "leaps of faith." He said to not be afraid to try new things. His favorite role was Will Parker in OKLAHOMA and that was the first time he had ever tap-danced. He said he plans to be involved in music and theatre in college and after graduation. Ethan will be attending Canisius College with studies in animal behavior, ecology and conservation.
Veronica Ferry
 Veronica is a part of Americorps and has been for the last two year years. She did many things at OTW, but she soon developed an interest in videography and cinematography. Veronica said her experiences with OTW brought her into a more casual relationship with friends at school and also further directed her in what she hopes will be her career. She is going to be attending JCC in Jamestown and major in the media arts program. Veronica was in the last OHS musical, Fiddler on the Roof, but much prefers being "behind the scenes." This is good as no show can go on without the technical parts!
Mary Ring
 Mary has been involved in OTW all of her high school career. She said that being a part of OTW has helped her work well with people and also interact with people she would not have known had it not been for OTW. Her favorite role is the current one in the production of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR.,Ti Moune. Mary is very involved in both the orchestra and choirs at the high school. Mary's future plans include attending Colgate University where she will major in English. There are many options that interest Mary, but one might be to be a speechwriter! When asked if theatre and music would be a part of her life, Mary smiled and proclaimed, "For sure!"
Courtney Sisson
 Courtney has been involved in OTW all of her high school years. She has also been involved in the school musicals. Courtney said that being a part of OTW has helped with her confidence and also time management. Her favorite role was being the "Dream Laurie" in OKLAHOMA where she danced so beautifully, she might have been a professional! She has assisted with the choreography in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR. During her time in high school, Courtney has been a part of the Reality Check Program that shows the dangers of both tobacco and juel. Courtney plans to be attending Alfred University with an undeclared major. This makes sense for a girl who wants to do "a million things!" She happily said that theatre and music will always be a part of her life.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR.
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and
Music by Stephen Flahery

 
     We are proud to announce the High School Class' Musical of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR. to be staged at Olean Theatre Workshop Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9. Evening performances start at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinee's curtain is 2:30 pm. Ticket cost is $10.00 and this is not a part of our regular season. It will, indeed, be the best $10 you spend that week.Tickets are available on our website, by calling 373-SHOW(7469) or at the door. 

    To be totally accurate in this newsletter, something this writer always strives to be, she is not writing her own comments and plot line, but instead taking from the Hal Leonard website their overview and synopsis. The writer will add, however, this musical is encouraged as a performance piece for ALL youth theatre because of the lessons it teaches. Life is not about class differences, and it is also important to keep the oral tradition of all cultures and families alive.

Once on This Island JR is the authorized young performer's edition of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's story of "two worlds, never meant to meet," where the power of love is proven to conquer the power of death - a lesson well told for generations to come.

Once on This Island is an engaging, Caribbean-flavored musical set on an unnamed island in the French Antilles. The story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love above her class, is told around a fire by a group of Caribbean peasants as they wait out a terrible storm. Once on This Island uses the tradition of storytelling to pass down history, values and insight from one generation to the next. The result is a lesson to be passed along for generations to come. With the gods looking over her, Ti Moune's journey of unrequited love comes to prove that the power of love is stronger than the power of death. Ti Moune's courage and spirit prove that love can withstand the storm, cross the Earth, and survive even in the face of death. With rhythms of the Caribbean Islands, this show will be a favorite of performers and audiences alike!


   This writer has seen some of the rehearsals and the audience is in for a treat. The dancing is delightful and the music lively and fun. The kids are enjoying staging this production. See you at the show! 

END OF YEAR SHOWS
In the month of May, parents of the Olean Theatre Workshop Kids' Classes were shown what their children have learned by a series of shows.
    
The PRE-K - KINDERGARTEN GROUP did a wonderful group performance of "Sing" from SESAME STREET. They also delighted the audience by signing "Teddy Bear Picnic" and used their own personal bear as a prop.Each child had the opportunity to sing a solo, some of which were "A Spoonful of Sugar" "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Baa Baa Black Sheep." This class is the beginning of the OTW  theatre programs and it is where the seeds of cooperation, stage movement and listening are initiated. All of the games that the children play incorporate this.
The Kindergarten -2nd GRADE students had group songs and also each child had a solo. Some of the solos were "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," "You Are My Sunshine," and a darling duet of "A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman" This group is quite large and it promises to a group of showstoppers as time goes on.
The 3RD-5TH GRADE GROUP sang group songs and solos that were from Disney musicals. The songs included "Just Can't to be King," Just Can't Wait to be King," and the "You've Got a Friend in Me." Coupled with the dance steps, this show easily showed the advancing skills of the students.
The MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS is another big class and they entertained their audience with "100 Years of Broadway. It was a history of the musical theatre in the USA. From Tin Pan Alley to Porter, Gershwin, and Cohen, songs such as "We'll Take Manhattan," "Can't Help Lovin'That Man of Mine," and "Friendship," were done as solos and group songs. With the coming of Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA, this brought a whole new face to the stage. The audience heard selections from "Annie Get Your Gun," "Once in Love with Amy,"and "If I Loved You." The second part of this production was a very funny parody of the play Twelve Angry Men, which was entitled "Twelve Angry Pigs," and of course was based on the beloved fairy tale. It was very much appreciated by families and friends.
The Performance Class which is comprised of young people especially interested in vocal success presented wonderful solos and ensemble numbers. "Anything Goes, "Forget About the Boy," and "Aquarius," were just a few of the group numbers. What is so interesting about this class is that the instructor, Mckenzie Forrest, serves only as a facilitator in this group. The songs, stage direction, and choreography are all selected by the students. Should they choose to follow theatre/music as a major in college, this is a part of what they would do in class.
  
We would like to thank Mckenzie Forrest for her excellent teaching and what a great role model she is for the children. With the exception of the High School Class, Mckenzie teaches our kids to "strut their stuff," assisted at the piano by Doug Bushnell. Everyone please take a huge stage bow, including the parents, who entrust their kids to OTW. We like having "your kids" become "our kids." Thank you.
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