By Tammy Schneider
A cast and crew of 80 students from Huron Heights Public School, in grades three through six, along with teachers and parent volunteers, wowed audience members with their performance of Seussical Kids – the Musical, on Nov. 25 and 26.
While this wasn’t the first large-scale play for the school (there was a performance of Wizard of Oz-the Panto in May), it is the first schoolwide production since the grade 7 and 8 students transferred to KDSS. Organizers wondered if there would be sufficient participation from the younger students in order to produce a play.
Teacher Alanna Boucher, a longtime supporter of the Kincardine Theatre Guild, found colleagues Heather Weber, the school music teacher, and volunteer Carol Reid, who has extensive theatre experience, more than ready to take on the challenge. As the play began to take shape, parents and teachers stepped up to build props, construct the backdrops and handle the soundboard. Kincardine Rona donated the materials needed. The project became a teambuilding exercise with everyone working together towards a common goal.
“This gives us the opportunity to pass on the arts to our students,” said Weber. “(The school) can continue its musical legacy through productions like this with community support.”
The group held four performances, one each for students from Elgin Market Public School and Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School. Two performances were open to the public, and well-attended by parents, siblings and friends. There was no charge for admission, but donations were accepted at the door. All money collected will pay for costs associated with the production, and the rest will be set aside to support future artistic endeavours at Huron Heights.
“Every day that I walked through that front door it was obvious how much everyone in this building cares for the students, and puts their needs first, no matter what else is going on,” said Reid. “They truly embrace Horton’s sentiment, ‘A person’s a person no matter how small’.”