CHC first-graders stage a musical journey

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A first-grade student, dressed as a badger, took his turn at the microphone during the school’s production of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain - A Musical Journey of Friendship and Adventure."

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Under the direction of C.H. Campbell Elementary School music teacher Michael Fay, first-grade students performed “The Bear Went Over the Mountain - A Musical Journey of Friendship and Adventure” for family and friends on April 30.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Surrounded by his forest creature friends, a first-grade C.H. Campbell Elementary School student portrayed Da Bear, who is in search of adventure, in the school’s production of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain - A Musical Journey of Friendship and Adventure” on April 30.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

C.H. Campbell Elementary School first-grade students presented “The Bear Went Over the Mountain - A Musical Journey of Friendship and Adventure” by John Jacobson and John Higgins at the Canfield High School on April 30. The students, under the direction of C.H. Campbell music teacher Michael Fay, welcomed family and friends to join them on their adventure.

In the story, there lived a bear with many friends, but he was restless. He thought surely there was more to life than eating honey 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.

“Good evening. Welcome to ‘The Bear Went Over the Mountain.’ First I would like to thank the first-grade teachers. They are in the trenches with our students every day and we are so lucky to have them. I am blessed to work with an administration which sees the value of arts in schools. We strive to provide our students with a well-rounded education. Thank you for being here tonight and taking the time to support us. I know you all have busy schedules and we appreciate you being here. I would also like to thank the parents for their hard work and time and effort on the costumes for tonight. You have outdone yourselves. The students are very confident and very proud of their costumes,” Fay said as he welcomed the audience.

With students dressed up in costume as such forest animals as mice, deer, bunnies, chipmunks, badgers, ducks, turkeys, raccoons, chicks, squirrels, skunks and opossums, 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 “Forever.” Scene five followed the performance. Scene six closed the show, with everyone joining in to sing “Reprise: This is The Day.”

The evening ended with a curtain call for the students and a rousing standing ovation from their audience.

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