Heroes and villains

TUXEDO. Storybook Princesses and Villains visit Tuxedo schools and Tuxapalooza coming to Circle Field.

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  • John Castricone and Catherine Heavner assume the pose.

  • High School music teacher Clayton Chan.

The children of Tuxedo’s George Grant Mason Elementary school enjoyed a night of snacks and songs with their favorite story book characters on May 3. Many of the K-6 audience members came costumed and enjoyed interacting and singing along with the players.

The performers included students and professional Broadway actors working together to create a great experience for the student actors and audience alike.

School spirit

“I think the Princess and Villains event was a perfect example of the close knit and collaborative Tuxedo school district spirit,” said Michelle Calcaterra, the PTO Co-President. “The high school music teacher, Mr. Chan, enlisted the help of a parent of one of our students who is a professional singer and composer. They created the play and she was able to get some of her colleagues to perform alongside the students. One of our substitute teachers created the décor. The PTO and parent volunteers provided the snacks and marketing for the sold-out show.”

The whole Tuxedo school community joined together to create an hour of story, songs, and laughter. The audience had a magical time seeing many familiar characters interacting together in new and delightful ways.

'An incredible opportunity'

The student performers had just as much fun working with the Broadway personalities.

“It was an incredible opportunity to learn from and work alongside professionals who have been on Broadway. It was so much fun to play off of them and really make this production our own, even improvising lines in character,” said Madison Spivak, a student actor. “I hope the audience had as much fun as we had.”

A benefit of the Tuxedo small school environment is the opportunity for students and parents to share their unique talents and experiences in a meaningful way.

The success of this event shows that engaging the whole community leads to fun for everyone and the school is actively looking at ways to engage further to benefit the student experience at the Tuxedo schools.

'Tuxapalooza' on May 21

The next happening from the Tuxedo school’s Fine Arts department will be the “Tuxapalooza” music event on Tuesday, May 21, from 5:3 to 8 p.m.

Tuxapalooza is a music festival, held outside at Circle Field next to the high school.

Activities include face painting, tie-dye station, games, and drip painting, plus there will be food trucks at the field for drinks and dining.

There will be a variety of entertainment including choir singers, student bands and orchestras, the jazz ensemble, an alumni band, and more.

The event is also designed to support the community and they are asking all attendees to bring a canned good or another non-perishable food item.

All donations will be given to the Sloatsburg Food Pantry.

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