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McVay Elementary hosts second fifth-grade musical March 13 and 14

McVay Elementary hosts second fifth-grade musical March 13 and 14

The last time the McVay Elementary fifth-graders performed was four years ago for the school’s first-grade musical. They hosted one evening performance before the state shuttered schools because of the pandemic.

Many of those students from Elisabeth Willis’ and Jeremy Regula’s classes are returning to the McVay stage next week to perform Beauty and the Beast Jr., a musical adaptation of Disney’s popular animated film, Beauty and the Beast. Showtimes are 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 and 9:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

The show is free. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the evening performances. Audience members are encouraged to arrive ahead of time because of the limited space available in the cafeteria.

The musical serves as a culmination of students’ work with music teacher Evan Mcintyre, providing them with additional opportunities to become involved in the performing arts process. 

“The hope is to instill life-long appreciation for the arts and see different roles within it,” Mcintyre said. “They don’t always have to be the performer. They have multiple avenues to explore.”

Much of the Beauty and the Beast Jr. production is student-driven, from the selection of the musical to the choreography of dance routines to the design of sets and props.

This marks the second fifth-grade musical of the school year. In December, students in Micaela McKinster’s and Lindsey Bilderback’s classes performed Disney's Moana Jr.

  • McVay Elementary
  • Westerville City Schools

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