|9-12 students rehearse for their big number "Making the Band."|
9-12 Musical: Making the Band
by Music Teacher Heather Wadler
This year has flown by, and it is almost time for our 9-12 spring musical. The show, called "Making the Band," is about a group of four mechanics that used to be in a garage band when they were younger. When they meet a group of lazy video-gamers, the mechanics encourage the kids to get up off the couch and start a band of their own. The show features some drummers, guitarists, bassists, pianists and vocalists who come together to create the full band.
For the last few months, the 9-12 students have been working to learn their dances, sing their songs, block their scenes and participate in many aspects of production. Our students have had the chance to serve as stage manager, assistant director, musical director, photographer and even choreographer! Students will even be taking care of the lights, sound and set-up for the scenes in the production. These tasks and responsibilities stem from the children's large variety of interests and willingness to see every aspect of live theater. The excitement that they have is completely contagious, and they cannot wait for the whole WMS community to see the production!
The performance will take place on Thursday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. (dress rehearsal) and 7 p.m. in the gym.
While the musical is a lot of fun for our students, it is also an important part of their education. Through our musical studies, the students have learned to:
� Sing in tune and maintain a steady beat.
� Sing in two parts (harmony).
� Read and sing chords.
� Identify verse and refrain.
� Identify dynamic markings.
� Identify and describe musicians and bands from the '60s, '70s and '80s.
� Discuss the role of various instrumentalists in a band setting.
The musical offers a practical experience in which students apply the knowledge they have gained in music class throughout the year.