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Drama at Zeh, Fun Morning Music at Proctor and Summer Reading

Nine more days of school left until summer vacation begins and the schools are winding down with fun programs and events, and the library wants kids to keep reading over the summer.

Zeh’s Drama Club, Take Two: The first year Drama Club at has been working hard again. After 14 weeks of dedicated practice and rehearsals, a cast of  30 students in grades one through four performed its second fantastic production showcasing the students’ acting and voice talents.

Following the winter production of The One Hundred Year Snooze in February, the spring production was The Emperor’s New Clothes. The script, music and lyrics are by Dave and Jean Perry and the play is based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson.

The story is based on a very vain emperor who only cares about his appearance until two tailors swindle the Emperor into believing that they have used a fabric for his latest outfit, which is invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position. The emperor, of course, will not admit he cannot see the fabric.

The Drama Club is directed and advised by music teacher Allyn Phelps and first grade teacher Tracey Loconto. They also had the assistance of stage director Susan Simpson and volunteer pianist John Leslie, along with parents who helped with scenery and costumes.

The cast of the production is as follows, with some last names omitted due to privacy requests:

First Graders: Amanda, Lucy, Carolena Johnson, Allison Manchini, Madalyn, Christopher Wang, and Jonathan Wang.

Second  Graders: Erica, Matthew, Nicholas D’Angelo, Lauren Dennis, Abby, Anna Haven, Anna Grace, Olivia Kardos, Shrutika, Jackson, Lucy, Shannon Hill, Jason and Grace Sciacca.

Third Graders: Grace Campbell, Meghan Cannon, Justin Levey, Gabriel Mataria, Fahad Mohsin, Saad Mohsin, Mackenzie and Jamie Smith

Fourth Graders: Sanjana, Allison and Logan

Morning Music Jam at Proctor: Who needs coffee to wake up and get the body moving when you can have Mr. Kim Webster entertain you? incoming and current Kindergartners as well as first graders had a musical start to their day on Thursday.

Webster, a local musician and entertainer for children, used music, magic, puppets and finger plays for a very interactive and entertaining program that had kids on their feet and full of laughter. 

Webster takes topics of interest to kids and easily puts them to music in the fun form of a song, with catchy phrases and tunes that kids will be repeating over and over.

He used one of his puppets to talk to the incoming class about how exciting school will be for them next year at Proctor School, and the current students showed their enthusiasm about welcoming the new students.

Webster has been entertaining for 14 years and has two albums, Children of the Sea and Musical Child. Many of the songs he sings have been inspired by his own son as he was growing up.

Library Summer Reading Program: has announced its 2012 summer reading program, Dream Big, Read! Children’s Department Librarian Laura Brennan is making her informational visits to the schools.

Both pre-readers and readers can participate. Students should sign up now online and then be sure to stop in the Children’s Department on June 25 for a bag. Kids will track their reading on line and earn raffle tickets for prizes. The program ends on August 18.

Brennan promises to have a lot of fun activities, reading prizes and special events throughout the summer. To kick off the summer reading program, magician Scott Jameson will be performing on June 25 at 6 p.m. at the library. Registration is required so be sure to call 508-393-5025, ext. 4 to reserve your spot for your family. The magic show is for all ages.

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