It was lights…camera…action on the stage at Turkey Hill School on Friday and Saturday, March 23rd and 24th as the Drama Club presented Toy Town for parents and community members. The music, stage sets, and cast costumes provided 94 Turkey Hill students with an opportunity to engage in authentic performances from well-known toy characters such as the Country Caroline Doll, Lego People, G.I. Joe, Barbie and Ken, Trolls, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Raggedy Ann.
Students took pride in presenting group acts, individual acts and solos. Country Caroline’s plight to preserve her father’s legacy as builder of Toy Town, despite accusations of theft was awe inspiring! Antagonist, Evil Cobra’s, threats to take over Toy Town ignited a sense of urgency amongst the residents of the town. G.I. Joe’s concern that residents of the town were being injured led to the mission of unfolding the resident behind the injuries and saving Toy Town. A twist in the plot revealed that Strawberry Shortcake was behind it all! Many times, throughout the production, laughter was riveting in the audience. The singing and music was captivating. The involvement from parents, staff, and former students demonstrates a commitment to engaging the children of Turkey Hill School in developing opportunities for meaningful learning experiences which promoted personal, social, and emotional growth.
Drama Club Producer, Deborah Sansone (former Turkey Hill School parent), stated that she came back to Turkey Hill as the Drama Director because “There are a dozen former THS students who have leading parts in high school productions.” The impact of the THS drama club is long lasting for our students. The students of Turkey Hill School definitely made their parents and community members proud! Many thanks to Deborah Sansone and the team, entirely run by volunteers, for providing support so that Turkey Hill School students could shine on stage!
By Dana Zottoli