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JFK Elementary Students Star in “Pop! The Musical” May 3-4

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(JFK Press Release, April 29, 2014)

Students from Ferndale’s John F. Kennedy Elementary will perform their biggest musical production ever May 3 and 4 in two shows at the Ferndale High School Auditorium. Proceeds support the JFK PTA.

In the original production “Pop! The Musical,” performers from kindergarten through sixth grade will take jennifer sandler bowen reflexologythe audience on a musical journey of pop hits from decades past, including songs from Elvis Presley, Devo, Katy Perry and more.

Students at JFK Elementary have been performing stage productions for the past five years, alternating each year between a talent show and musical. This year over 130 students are participating as either performers or stage crew members.  Productions are also a tradition at Ferndale’s Coolidge Intermediate School where students are performing a talent show Saturday April 26th at 7 p.m. at the Ferndale High School Auditorium.

The Ferndale elementary productions are built on parent support.  While a core group of 15 parents are responsible for the majority of the JFK writing, planning and execution, almost 100 parents are volunteering their time to make the show possible.seed017_darlene_bignotti

” We are lucky to have so many talented people working on this show; from the parents of our students to the community members who lend their skills to help mentor our kids,” said Debra Wilson, director and choreographer of Pop! The Musical. “ “It really is ‘Ferndale Normal’ to have hundreds of people volunteer their time to help bring the arts to our children.”

Zoe Butters, 11,  plays the main character in “Pop! The Musical.” Butters is a veteran JFK performer and also played Marta in the Ferndale High School production of “The Sound of Music” last year.

“I like the pressure the performance gives,” said Butters. “The pressure of getting it right helps me get it chickenscratchfever-ad-finalright.”

Wilson says giving children the opportunity to perform builds confidence.

“Performing in front of 800 people makes giving a speech, arguing a point or introducing themselves to new people seem easy,” said Wilson.

John F. Kennedy School is a K-6 elementary school offering an Open Classroom Program magnet program. The Open Classroom program emphasizes self-directed learning and strong parent involvement, and a complete focus on instruction in the core curriculum areas. Students in fifth through sixth grades have band and orchestra instruction that follows district guidelines. All students receive instruction in music, art and physical education throughout the school year.

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