Marion Street Students Perform Disney Classic

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Marion Street Elementary School fifth graders showcased their talents during the school’s production of Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids” on Jan. 31. Directed by music teacher Kristen Scalice, the cast performed for students and staff in the morning and for their families in the evening.
Marion Street staff members and students from Lynbrook High School volunteered to help the cast and crew bring the production to life. Students dressed in creative costumes playing the roles of elephants, monkeys, bumble bees, a snake, flowers and more. They told the story of a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend Bagheera, who tries to get Mowgli back to the humans before the ferocious tiger Shere Khan gets to him. During this time, Mowgli meets animals in the jungle including Baloo, a giant friendly bear. When Shere Khan returns, the fellow animals help Mowgli battle and restore peace in the jungle. Throughout the performance, the students showcased their exceptional acting, dancing and singing abilities with popular songs such as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan'na Be Like You.”

At the end of the in-school performance, Marion Street Principal Theresa Macchia recognized a special staff member seated in the front row – school monitor Patricia Maurin, known to students and staff as “Ms. Pat.” For the past 14 and a half years Ms. Pat has greeted visitors at the school and was known for saying “Please state your name and reason for your visit” before letting anyone enter the building. The day marked her final one at Marion Street before her retirement. As a surprise, all the staff members wore T-shirts to the in-school performance with her go-to greeting across it. She was presented with her own T-shirt and flowers as Mrs. Macchia thanked her for her service.