The GVS Kindergarten class showcased the school-year theme of Resilience during their annual collaborative theater production. This year's play, "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", required some creativity in order to carry on a long-standing tradition while still adhering to COVID restrictions. Knowing that a theater packed with proud families would not be possible, the teachers placed new emphasis on a professional quality video recording, using multiple locations, close-ups of faces, and more. Each of the four homeroom sections rehearsed and performed separately to maintain safe cohorts. All singing was rehearsed and recorded outdoors, and later matched to the video portion which was safely lip-synched.

Forty-six enthusiastic little performers did not skip a beat, proud that family, friends, and faculty would view their hard work virtually.

"This was a wonderful collaboration with the music department and all of the Kindergarten classes," said GVS Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Endress. "This is the first time our students are on stage and exposed to public speaking, learning songs, and memorizing dance moves. And this year, the video component was an added twist!"

Based on the curricular topic of community helpers, Kindergarten students would, during a "normal" year, take a field trip to the village of Sea Cliff, visiting the barber shop, post office, bank, library, firehouse, and more.

While students were unable to participate in the trip due to COVID, the lessons of community remained extremely pertinent this year, highlighting cooperation, sticking together, and gratitude for everyone's contributions.

"This year the play was all about a beautiful day in the neighborhood and our community helpers," said GVS Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Hoffmann. "Everyone in a community works and sticks together to create a 'wonderful world', which, fittingly, was our finale song." 

Check out the video below of the incredible production of "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood".