Santa Barbara Catholic School’s Spring production a big hit

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Santa Barbara kindergarten and first grade students join the cast in the production number “Living in Paradise”. (Photo provided by Santa Barbara Catholic School)

For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Santa Barbara Catholic School staged “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure Jr.” last March 30 and 31 and April 6 and 7 at the school’s Petrie Gymnasium. For four nights, the talented cast, company actors, dancers and classes captivated their audience with their outstanding performance, musical and dancing ability.

In addition to the evening gala performances, two matinee performances were held to accommodate students from both public and private schools. As part of its outreach to the community, clients of Guma San Jose were invited to watch one of the matinee shows.

The musical play tells the story of four Central Park Zoo animals who escape from their blissful captivity and are unexpectedly shipped back to Africa, getting shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar, ruled by King Julien.

A party for Marty the Zebra, one of several fun scenes in Madagascar Jr. presented by Santa Barbara Catholic School. (Photo provided by Santa Barbara Catholic School)
Marty the Zebra, played by Kyra dela Cruz, and Alex, the Lion played by Alex Alam sing “Best Friends” to celebrate the friendship they share during Santa Barbara Catholic School’s staging of “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure Jr.”
(Photo provided by Santa Barbara Catholic School)

At SBCS, the performing arts is incorporated in the curriculum as it is an effective medium for providing a well-rounded education to its students. Through the annual spring production, students are able to share their God-given talents, develop their skills in acting, singing, and dancing, while learning many lessons in the process, e.g. responsibility, discipline, generosity, and accountability. More importantly, the students become more aware that their talent is a gift, and that God is the most generous gift-giver of all.

Directed by SBCS teacher, Mrs. Joyce Guevara, with assistance from the Creative Team composed of SBCS teachers and parents, the musical was a resounding success and just like previous productions, SBCS kept true to its promise of delivering a highly entertaining, fun-filled musical laden with a lesson or two on friendship, loyalty, and hope. Proceeds from the production goes to SBCS’ capital improvement fund.