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Rossman Players Present Centennial-Inspired Musical Revue
By: Communications Manager Sarah Meyer
In honor of Rossman's Centennial, this year's Rossman Players production, “The Rossman Players Retrospective,” featured excerpts from Rossman Players musicals over the past ten years. With each scene, the cast of fourteen fifth and sixth graders not only revived a chapter of Rossman Players history but also presented the story of a character whose journey leads them to stand up to adversity and discover an unknown strength within themselves. Presented March 14 and 15, the musical revue was a hit with audiences, especially those for whom the scenes brought back memories of the original productions of Willy Wonka, Dear Edwina, Once Upon a Mattress, Peter Pan, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wonder in Aliceland, Seussical, the Musical, Honk, and Annie.
“It has been such an exciting adventure to remount scenes from Rossman Players musicals over the last ten years,” said Director Susan Kopp and Musical Director Nicolas Valdez in their directors’ note. “We are extremely proud of the work that these young actors have done.”
The COCA (Center of the Creative Arts) Theatre Residency Program at Rossman enables fifth and sixth grade students to learn the basics of acting and theatrical production on a weekly basis with professional artist-instructors. Participating students learn about the theatrical art form and develop skills and confidence as they experience the rewards of teamwork.