Montclair's Hillside Traveling Troupe: Where Musical Theatre Meets Community Service

The 27 talented students who make up this year’s Hillside School Traveling Troupe are wrapping up their performance journey tonight with a final show at the Hillside Winter Concert, tonight (12/13) at 7 p.m.

The 2012 Traveling Troupe, directed by Megan Wills, Hillside drama teacher and Traveling Troupe/Theatre director, and conducted by Hillside Choral Director Sung-Hyuk Park, is comprised of 4th and 5th graders selected by audition. The troupe had their first performance at Back to School night, singing and dancing to music from “On the Town.”

Many rehearsals later, after the troupe perfected a longer showcase, with numbers from the musical including “I Can Cook, Too” and “New York, New York,” the hard-working performers were ready to take the show on the road. The tour included local performances at Temple Ner Tamid and The Giggles Theater at St. Joseph’s Hospital as well as a trip to New York City where the troupe performed at Carter Burden Center for Aging. Next stop — the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, where the troupe received a big round of applause from an appreciative audience of tourists.

The students learned a lot from their performances, including how to adjust routines to adapt to the different venues where they performed. They also had the chance to interact with audience members after their performances. What were the kids’ favorite moments? Making people smile, having pizza with the seniors and getting goodies from Godiva after performing at Rockefeller Center. Check out the kids below in pictures and performing. Congratulations Traveling Troupe 2012!

Slideshow photos: Frank Schramm

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