There’s something contagious about the energy of our 4th and 5th grade Renaissance Drama students. After months of rehearsal — singing, dancing, learning stage directions, and practicing light and sound — our Lower School performers’ rendition of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr. left the crowd smiling and jumping out of their seats. Led by Musical Director Ms. Mary Gaylord and Drama Director Ms. Chelsea Padro, our Lower School troupe took us on a hilarious journey of friendship with madcap hijinks around every corner.
Months in the Making
Based on the Dreamworks animated motion picture, our production of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr. was a project months in the making. Starting with auditions in early January, students met during school, after school and on weekends until just before the show opening at the end of May. From reading scripts for the first time to memorizing lines and working through each scene and number, our students created a truly entertaining experience for their families and peers.
Take a peek behind the scenes at the making of our Lower School spring musical!
Creative and Technical Skill
Ms. Gaylord and Ms. Padro approach every Lower School production with the same level of professionalism one might see on much larger stages. Taking full advantage of our recently renovated Louise J. Sivy black box theater, they teach our students both creative and technical elements of the dramatic arts while emphasizing the importance of teamwork and perseverance. Some of our actors are new to the stage while others have worked on several productions, but every student walks away from the play feeling accomplished and proud of their work.
“I was nervous because I have a singing solo. But thanks to all my friends here, they made me feel more comfortable and now I’m just very excited. It’s hard work but it’s worth it because you’re making a fun show for your school. ” — Stella ‘25
“This was my fourth play at Severn. I’ve done Snow White, James and the Giant Peach, Elf, and now Madagascar. I just enjoy being in a theater production and having fun. I’ve always liked being on stage and being in the spotlight. — Davis ‘25