Seashore Pre-K “Songs From The Street” Monster Hit
LONG BRANCH, May 20 – When people hear the week before a pre-kindergarten show referred to in the industry term “Tech Week,” most can’t understand why – until they see the scale of spring musicals like “Songs From The Street” performed May 20 in The Seashore School theater at 410 Broadway in Long Branch. With attention to detail found in high school, community and professional shows, the production based on Sesame Street characters was a monster hit, literally.
Produced by the Pre-Kindergarten faculty and Musical Director Anthony Greco, who won his two latest Basie Awards and 12 nominations from the Count Basie Theatre May 18, the show featured four classes of animated pre-kindergarten boys and girls singing and dancing to a timeless Sesame Street score, wearing colorful costumes, which were handmade by their teachers, but looked like they came from a professional costume shop, and elaborate set as a backdrop.
According to Pre-Kindergarten Director Tracy Gallo, Ocean, the show was the culmination of months of hard work. As part of their weekly curriculum, each class practiced with their teacher and met with Greco to perfect their songs, dance and delivery.
“We chose Sesame Street because the songs are just as popular with students today as they were with the parents and grandparents in the audience when they were children,” she said.
The packed theater was impressed. “Seashore outdoes itself every year,” parent Koren Spadavecchia, Monmouth Beach, said. “I look forward to seeing the smiles, the laughter and the joy on the faces of the children having a chance to perform on stage. It is a tribute to your staff what you are able to bring out in students so young and reflection of the wonderful theater arts and educational program you provide.”
In addition to performing, Seashore Principal John Villapiano gave each child a chance to introduce him or herself and say a few words into the microphone.
“What was really remarkable was the stage presence these pre-kindergarteners exude,” Villapiano said. “They are completely at ease on stage – a skill that will benefit them the rest of their lives. Congratulations go to the young students, Coach Anthony, Miss Tracy, Miss Mary Alyce, Miss Ariel, Miss Jess, Miss Lori, Miss Danielle and Miss Katie on another terrific production.”
The Seashore School, which opened in 1974, is designed for families who want a smaller class size and more progressive curriculum than their town offers, at an affordable tuition. From preschool-eighth grade, the curriculum includes advanced foreign language, computers, science and swim lessons, along with training in dance, music, drama and art. The approach to education is so successful that students win academic competitions, score in the top percentile in standard exams, are recognized nationally for achievement and typically gain acceptance into the high schools of their choice. For more information, please call 732-222-6464 or visit www.seashorecampandschool.com
Caption: Thumbs Up For Seashore Pre-K’s Songs From The Street. Under the direction of the Pre-Kindergarten faculty and award-winnning Musical Director Anthony Greco, four classes of pre-kindergarten students at The Seashore School delivered a monster hit today, bringing down the house with their version of timeless Sesame Street songs.