With a wave of pixie dust, Westfield’s Franklin Elementary School was transformed into Neverland as members of the school’s fifth grade performed Peter Pan. The performances, on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, were the culmination of seven weeks’ preparation by the students, in the second annual Fifth Grade Show at Franklin.
Led by Director and Producer Emma Schwartz, with Musical Director Ronit Horowitz and Choreographer Gail Brickman, the students learned all of the elements of putting together a theatrical production. 46 fifth grade students participated this year, with 34 in the cast and 12 crew members. Students had the opportunity to build set, work on sound, lights and the audio-visual system, create props and costumes, and learn stage management, in addition to acting in the play.
“It’s a wonderful learning experience for the students,” said Schwartz. “As a director, it’s gratifying to see all of the elements come together and the building of the team’s camaraderie from the first rehearsal to the opening performance. I’m so proud of each and every one of them.”
The cast featured Josh Sackett as Peter Pan, Sophia Paone as Wendy, Domenica Allarde as Tinker Bell and Margaret Danenhauer as Captain Hook.
The show was funded by the Franklin School PTO. “The support of the cast and crew’s parents, as well as the school’s administration, was vital to the success of our production,” said Schwartz. “I’m grateful that our community came together to make this such a rewarding experience for the children.”