The AVS drama club recently performed “Finding Nemo: The Makeshift Musical” under the steady and talented eye of drama teacher Sarah Kronisch. She guided a talented school of fish through many long weeks of practice to perform an adaptation of the beloved Pixar film, complete with songs.
First-grader, Daniella P., stole the show in the role of Nemo, the clown fish, the daughter of over-protective Marlin, played by fourth-grader, Miles S. They stood in front of the school and sang both solo and together about how good their reef home was and how much they had missed each other when they were reunited. Dory, played by Tallulah M.-P., sounded so convincingly forgetful that she surprised the audience when she remembered all the words to an adaptation of “Memory” by the Violent Femmes perfectly, another wonderful solo sung in front of everyone.
The sharks, played by Nora W., Scout L., and Zazie K., cracked everyone up with their “fish are friends, not food” rehab efforts. And the turtles, well, let’s just say that Mr. Turtle, “dude”, played by Elana M., has a future on Broadway! She belted out her solo song, an adaptation of “Island in the Sun” by Weezer. All of the turtles on the East Australian Current did a fabulous job pulling us into their happy world.
Second grade teacher, Mr. H., was cast perfectly as Dentist Dan, the Australian dentist practicing at 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. The sea gulls, the pelican, and the fish tank characters inside his office…let’s just say, the drama club staged a fabulous and creative performance of “Finding Nemo.”
Kudos go out to parents Heather S., who made the costumes, Patti W., who assisted with the entire production, Julie Bruins, the musical director, and Kyle L. and Owen D. who worked so hard backstage to make this performance such a delight!