On Thursday, Nov. 14, Garrison School students in kindergarten through third grade performed This Old Gingerbread House, a musical play written by Teresa Jennings and directed by music teacher Karen Bresnan. The musical featured songs and dances by all of the students including solos by the lead performers, third graders Matteo Cervone, who played Hansel, and Caroline Nelson who played Gretel.
Dozens of children dressed as adorable woodland creatures helped themselves to sweets on Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread house. Once they were discovered by Hansel and Gretel, the woodland creatures felt remorseful and set about to make things right by the siblings.
“The play centers on themes about respect and admitting when you have done something wrong,” Bresnan said. “The musical was challenging and students have been rehearsing since late September. All of the students worked hard and had fun but they listened to the message of the story and learned, too.”
The colorful props, sets and scenery were provided by art teacher Coulter Young and his talented crew of seventh and eighth grade artists, with help from volunteer Courtney McCarthy. Middle school students also provided support as stagehands.
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