Reflecting upon the production, Mrs. Gupta said, “For the past 4 months, I have had the honor of working with some of the most talented students I have come across in my teaching career. All the hard work and countless hours of preparation paid off immensely this past weekend. I couldn't be more proud of the effort our students put forth and the heart they have poured into this show. I am truly humbled to be their director and can't thank them enough for giving me this opportunity to share my passion for the arts by bringing musical theatre to Mundelein School District 75.”
As CSMS Principal Mark Pilut notes, the musical embodies everything about the Tiger CODE - community, ownership, discovery and effort. WIth many students never having participated in a stage production before, the production encouraged new talents and friendships. The cumulative efforts of the student actors and technical staff as well as the leadership of CSMS Band Director Moulee Gupta, Mundelein High School choir director Stevee Bellas, Mechanics Grove elementary teacher/technical director Rita Washburn as well as lighting coordinator Sarah Gunther demonstrate the power of a village coming together to create art. Pilut says,”I am so proud of the kids and staff who make the musical happen. I am thrilled that it has quickly become a part of the CSMS learning culture! “
Equally enthusiastic were audience and cast members alike. Shannon Ouimet cast as Aladdin’s friend Omar said, ‘Being a part of Aladdin was a wonderful experience. It required a lot of hard work, but overall it was a fun activity for all three grades.” Additionally, audience member and parent Kristie Fingerhut noted, “While it was an intense time commitment for the students and their families, they really worked hard and the final product truly shines, showcasing all of the efforts that went into it. It is clear that the staff working with the kids really enjoy what they are doing and care about all of the details to make it the best show possible.”
Undoubtedly, the community can look forward to a bright future of musical theatre in Mundelein School District 75 in the years to come.
ALADDIN BY THE NUMBERS
Sold-out shows: ALL of them!
Total Audience Members: Over 900
Number of students involved with production: 75+
Total staff involved: 25
Community members: 10
Hours of preparation: TOO many to count!
Photo Credit: Hector Gonzalez