This year, Arcadia’s neighborhood schools pulled out all the stops for their spring school performances. We’ve highlighted a few, in case you missed them:  

Phoenix Country Day School The Wizard of Oz 

Students at PCDS put on their rendition of“The Wizard of Oz,” with students from each division becoming the well-known Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and Dorothy characters we all know and love. The PCDS rendition also included the classics: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “We’re off to see the Wizard,” and of course, “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead.”  

Veritas Prep The Sound of Music 

The movie version of “The Sound of Music” is just under three hours long, but Veritas didn’t need that much time to impress. The production included students from 12th grade all the way to Gretl’s character, played by kindergartners Nicole Huisman and Vera Mercuri. Even more impressive is that some of the technical work like the costume assistants and stage hands were Veritas students.

“Speaking as a parent, it was an extraordinary experience to see children from as young as six work so hard and love every second of it. As an audience member, I was blown away by these kids’ Broadway quality performances,” said Producer Ginny Cardenas. 

Guests were treated to familiar songs like “My Favorite Things” and “So long, Farewell,” and a few laughs from the nuns and the von Trapp children.

“I’m amazed at the vocal strength and acting chops of the kids in this year’s ‘Sound of Music.’ Our school is known for its rigorous academics…but these kids are both smart and talented,” said Veritas’ PSO President Mari Jo Clark.  

Hopi Elementary Hopi Variety Show 

The theme of this year’s performance was “The Greatest Show,” and it was truly great. Each act was related back to a circus theme. There were more than 35 acts, including a bearded lady, a strong man, ringmasters, dancing elephants, clowns and twins on a tightrope as well as a teachers-only performance of“High Hopes,” choreographed by Hopi parent/librarian Jenny Kelly. 

“The kids worked on their routines for months rehearsing for the show. It was a wonderful opportunity for the kids of Hopi to participate and make forever memories in front of a sold-out crowd,” said Hopi PTA President Kyle Christensen. 

“The Variety Show is not a competition, it is just a fun celebration of the kids’ talent. We do the teachers-only performance to make the kids happy, and most of them were singing and dancing along with us. It was perfect,” said third grade teacher Whitney Keeler. 

Coming soon to Arcadia High Done to Death 

Arcadia High’s production of “Done to Death” is coming up on April 11 – 13. The show follows several different mystery writers as they come together to try and write the perfect mystery – but hilarity ensues as their different writing styles start to clash. 

The students rehearsed for four months and the tech crew is comprised of Arcadia students. “People should definitely come see it. It’s so funny, they’ll die of laughter – pun intended,” said Arcadia theater crew member Grace Woehler. Admission is $5.

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