ORWELL – An array of children dressed as caterpillars, ladybugs, bumblebees, fireflies and other bugs filled the school cafeteria at Grand Valley Elementary School on Thursday, April 6 in preparation for their spring concert, Going Buggy. (From April 14 edition of The News).
“It’s kind of like a combination concert and skit,” said PTO Volunteer Jennifer Wade regarding the evening’s performance. “[Our] intention is to do something different every year so this is brand new.”
Wade said about 75 students in about four classes were part of this year’s performance and all had the opportunity to dress in bug costumes thanks to so many supportive parents.
“[We’ve] been practicing for two months so we’re excited to see how it all comes together,” said Wade, which she said further included a dress rehearsal for all the grade levels earlier that day.
“They’re pretty excited and kudos to [Music Teacher] Michelle [Jones] and our family that helped with this [concert],” said Principal Dr. Ellen Winer.
“It’s very creative,” said Music Teacher Michelle Jones in agreement.
The students seemed to enjoy the creativity and excitement for the bug concert as well, including nine-year-old Kendra Cefdratti.
“I am going to be a ladybug and a bee,” said Cefdratti. “I hope that I will do great.”
Mackenzie Perkins said she also eager to put together a well-done performance, as she would be playing Little Miss Muffet.
“I’m going to talk about getting [a spider] away from me. I’m excited about it,” said Perkins.
The third grade’s performance included several songs and skits about bugs, some of which contained catchy song lyrics or rhymes like “If we go to a picnic everyone yells and we’re not even allowed at a hotel.”
They also sang about avoiding swatting and smashing with the lines “why don’t you just try going buggy instead,” as well as “That’s no way to treat a ladybug,” “firefly, firefly what a pretty sight” and “bees buzzing in the bushes, buzzing in the trees, there’s nothing as sweet as a honeybee.”
Most of these songs were accompanied with alluring choreography as well, including squirt bottles for the bees to “pollinate” flowers, small lights and headbands that lit up in the dark in order to appear as fireflies, scarves for the caterpillars to transform into butterflies and other imaginative aspects that were put together to catch the attention of the audience.
“I like the kids coming together,” said Anthony Jackman who was in attendance for the student event. “I miss doing that when I was little.”
The large audieteria was packed full with many pleased parents and families too, many glued to the stage with their eyes or cameras, as well as emitted plenty of laughter over the third grade’s well put together evening performance, which overall turned out to be quite a buzz.
Pictured: Firefly narrator Morgan Calabrese reciting her lines during a Going Buggy concert at GV Elementary School.