By ABBY SLANKER
The first-grade students of C.H. Campbell Elementary School presented The Bear Went Over the Mountain - A Musical Journey of Friendship and Adventure by John Jacobson and John Higgins on May 19. The students, under the direction of C.H. Campbell music teacher Michael Fay, welcomed family and friends to do on their adventure with them.
In the story, there lived a bear with many friends, but he was restless. He thought surely there was more to life than eating home and berries, and sleeping the winter away. He thought it was time to expand his horizons. One day Da Bear decides this is the day and begins his journey up the mountain in search of adventure and to see what he could see. Audience members were invited along to see what Da Bear and his animal buddies discover.
With students dressed up as such animals as bunnies, chipmunks, deer, ducks, beavers, turkeys, bobcats, raccoons, bats, squirrels, a skunk and opossum, the program opened with Good Morning, followed by scene one.
The second song was “This is The Day,” followed by scene two. The students then all sang “Sing Your Own Song” and went into scene three. The students gathered together on stage to sing “Beware” before continuing the program with scene four.
The first-graders then sang “Push,” with soloists Nick Lavanty, Aidan Radinsky, Sophia Scarmack, Quinn Fulmer, Isabella Helidonas, Radhika Uppal and Juliana Purnell. Scene five followed the performance.
Ensemble singers Arnav Bhide, Jason Dangol, Kaylie Harmon, Aubrey Hermes, Anthony Zoccali, Nick Dascenzo, Lola Gagich, Andrew Helmick, Zain Jadallah, Lauren Miasek, Larissa Palotsee, Hudson Paylo, Chris Drombetta, Quinn Fulmer, Nick Lavanty, Sophia Scarmack and Collin Bressler performed “Forever.”
Scene six closed the show, with everyone joining in to sing “Reprise: This is The Day.”