NEW BREMEN — Bright colors, “groovy” music and a slew of smiles filled the auditorium Wednesday afternoon, as New Bremen Elementary fourth-grade students performed a dress rehearsal for their musical, “Rock and Roll Forever: How it all Began,” for students in the kindergarten through second grade.
Under the direction of New Bremen Music Teacher Mary Thornsberry, “Rock and Roll Forever: How it all Began” features seven popular rock songs and a variety of relevant facts, costumes and choreography.
“Today we’re going to do a play for you and it’s called ‘Rock and Roll Forever: How it all Began” Thornsberry said to the audience before the performance. “You’re going to hear a lot of songs and you’re probably going to hear some songs that you know.”
Students began their musical with an introduction and “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay,” and Elvis, played by Ian Frey, and his adoring fans, played by Rachael Schroer, Riley Scheib and Kira Bertke, made an appearance in the “Blue Suede Shoes.” The students sang “Surfin’ U.S.A” before rolling out Chinese fire drills, Twister, limbo and hula hoops for “Tutti Frutti.” The fourth-grade students rounded out their performance with “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “I’m A Believer” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” before intermission.
During intermission in today’s show, Thornsberry said a free-will offering will be collected.
“What we collect we turn around and put right back to the next show, so it really pays for itself,” she said, noting the offering teaches students responsibility.
After intermission, each fourth-grade class performed a song on recorders to wrap up the performance.
The fourth-grade students exited the auditorium to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” high-fiving their cheering, younger classmates on the way out.
Thornsberry said each student got a special part in the performance.
“They got to choose whether they wanted a speaking part or a dancing part,” she said. “I think it worked out really well.”
She noted the students have been working on parts of “Rock and Roll Forever: How it all Began” since the beginning of the year.
“We’ve been working on it more intensely the last month,” she said.
The students used a variety of props on a decorated auditorium stage that a few seventh-grade students help put together.
“There are some seventh-grade girls who come down every day during their Cardinal Pride time and help me put all this up,” Thornsberry said.
Thornsberry encouraged area residents to attend the free performance.
“Come out and watch it,” she said. “We like to entertain a big crowd.”
The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today at the elementary school.