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Last month on May 11th and May 12th, the Abraham Lincoln School presented their annual musical production. It’s the second time the school performed “Grease,” putting it on for the first time back in 1995! We think it’s a perfect year to revive the favored production that puts all generations in good spirit as the school celebrates their 100th anniversary.
The Abraham Lincoln School has a long history of musical productions dating back to the 1980’s. Anyone who’s had a chance to see one will agree they are always excellent and this year was no exception. The students really outdid themselves and gave it their all to present their version of this timeless classic. As the teachers behind the production, Sharon Santana and Rachel Chapman shared with us: “Behind the colorful, near perfect show enjoyed by our audience, there was a lot of hard work. Not quite blood, toil, tears, and sweat, to quote Winston Churchill, but almost!”
The cast was chosen all the way back in November and was open to all students grades 9-12. “As always, we had lots of potential “Pink Ladies” and fewer “T Birds”, they explained. But once the cast was selected, rehearsals began in January. Big productions such as these require an incredible amount of commitment by all, and dedication, time, and maintaining their academic levels was something expected of the complete cast. They all delivered!
The set and decorations were designed and created by the students as well with a little help from their teachers. Everything looked fantastic! They even built “Grease Lighting”! The show was fast-paced, upbeat, and exciting. Well-directed and choreographed, the students presented a number of routines accompanied by some very impressive singing. All in all, it was a great show and we give them a standing ovation!
The teachers mentioned that playing part in the school musical even helped some students deliver better academic work. It goes to show that when you love what you do it carries over into other aspects of your life. “The students involved will forever have fond memories of their participation in ‘Grease.’ The songs will stay in their heads, the mistakes, the ad libs, the surge of adrenalin as the audience responds to them and all the fun moments that they shared together,” said the organizers.
Congratulations to all the students who took part in “Grease 2017” and many thanks to Sharon Santana and Rachel Chapman for their contributions to this article!
Below are more pictures of the Grease performance by Dibenchi De los Santos:
Abraham Lincoln School
The Abraham Lincoln School, located within Central Romana, in the town of La Romana, is a private school for the children of employees of the Central Romana Corporation, but is also attended by other children who pay yearly tuition fees.
The Abraham Lincoln School is an “English school” which means that classes are taught to a British standard curriculum and all the teachers are British, with the exception of course of the teachers who teach Spanish, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and PE who are Dominican. This means that the majority of classes are taught in English and children command both English and Spanish.
Although the curriculum is British, grades are awarded according to the American GPA system and the pupils also take the “Dominican National Exams”, allowing pupils to continue their education at universities in the USA or within the Dominican Republic, as well as in Europe.
Classes go from pre-kinder to 12th grade.