Woodside Operetta Program 2021

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Woodside School Class of 2021


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From the Series Created by

George Newall and Tom Yohe

Based on an idea by

David McCall

Originally Conceived and Directed by

Scott Ferguson Book by

Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall, and George Keating Music and Lyrics by

Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, David Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall, and Tom Yohe Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.






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Operetta CAST 2021 Ensemble A

Alexis Kolotouros

Hunter Guyer

Andrew Hurlbut

Arjun Singh

Landon Pretre

Leah Triantos

Brayden Gibeau-Stannard

Carlo Thomsen

Emma Zwaanstra

Harrison Chen

Hudson Kohler

Mason Benkard

Peter Tcherepnin

Sawyer Linnell

Sebby Sechi

Shay Cornyn

Ensemble B

Addie Durett

Alex Daheb

Jemma Scott

Megan Davis

Amelia Muller

Mia Pollioni

Andre Hershberg

Sergio Martinez

Byrce Jekat

Ethan Butler

Henry Hutchinson

Siena de Heer

Taiki Yamamoto

Xander Eschelman

Ensemble C

Ana Guzman

James Poole

Anna Weston Smith Benjamin Brown

James Weaver

Jillian Mader

Brighton Hadley

Colt Saletta

Deano Roberts

Desi Shaw

Isla Stern

Milo Sabina

Ofa Tahaafe

Owen Steil

Shay McNamara

Tyler Rattner

Director’s Note The Morning of January 6th, 1973 was a big day in Schoolhouse Rock history. Firstly, it was 10 days before my day of birth into this world! Secondly, It was the premiere of a set of three minute shorts that played between regularly scheduled cartoons: “My Hero, Zero”, “Elementary, My Dear”, “Three is the Magic Number,” and “The Four-Legged Zoo”. Step by step with my early childhood, this cartoon series took off and reigned the airwaves for a solid 13 years, winning four Emmy Awards and eventually being used in connection with training programs at educational institutions. The art of utilizing music (or musical and poetic sequencing) goes back through the test of human history, so it’s not a mystery as to why this series reigned in popularity during Saturday Cartoon hours for parents and children alike. Jumping forward to the Spring of 2021, we find ourselves slowly digging out of the debilitating Covid season of 2020. Nonetheless, Woodside Elementary School had the interest, passion, and ability to coordinate a schedule to make a streaming production work. Children were back on campus full time with teachers and Flex Periods were designed to allow school-hours to be dedicated to learning parts for a musical production. Most schools in the greater Bay Area have struggled to get back to providing enough school services to mount a full musical production so this was quite a blessing to be part of such an invigorating and bonding process for students and faculty/staff/administration. Big Kudos to Principal Jenn Pedersen for pulling the resources together to make all of this possible! The creative process was a blast!! The creativity and risk-taking the 8th graders agreed to was what made the art possible. Regardless of theatrical/stage experience I am pleased to announce that every single student put in the work/effort to bring together a very entertaining show! As such, we were able to give everyone in the cast a written role in the show and an opportunity to show off their own skill set! No wallflowers, no tree #3 in the back row. The process to pre-record all the vocals in our converted sound studio (Amphitheater) was its own event and unique process that the performers acclimated to as fast as could be expected. I hope that not only are you all proud of the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2021 but also amazed that they were able to accomplish such a complex show under even more complex social and safety conditions. It was my pleasure working and bringing this art to the stage with the assistance of three amazing amazing amazing producers, Amberlee Butler, Olivia Zwaanstra, and Robyn Cornyn who facilitated such a beautiful set, costume layout and prop inventory, and so much more! Gary Stanford Jr.

Producers’ Note Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that swept the globe, Operetta 2021 chartered unfamiliar territory from beginning to end. To say that the eighth-grade students rose to the occasion is an understatement. Learning the show while restricted to their separate classroom cohorts, the students rehearsed mostly outdoors while wearing masks and socially distancing. Overnight, they became recording artists and recorded all the audio tracks in our school’s amphitheater. Later, they acted and danced on the Sellman stage before video cameras, lip singing behind their masks. Even though they would not be performing in front of a live audience, our eighth graders brought their energy and enthusiasm to each task, and no face covering could conceal their excitement and gratitude that they would be a part of the Operetta tradition. It is safe to say that this Operetta would likely not have happened without the participation of Gary Stanford Jr. With warmth, kindness and patience, Gary brought his expert talents as director, musical director and choreographer to the production and quickly became beloved by the cast and crew. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Gary for taking the helm and doing it with such focus and grace. Woodside School parents are consistently eager volunteers and this year the desire to jump in and help was no exception. Grateful that this 63rd Operetta could even take place, the eighth-grade parents threw themselves at the opportunity to help make the show a success. We thank you all for your unwavering support and creative contributions to the show! We are also sincerely grateful to Method 42 for capturing, editing and streaming Operetta. They treated the students like professional performers and we are thrilled with the end result of their hard work. Based on the animated series first televised in 1973, Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. is a lighthearted musical with nonstop catchy tunes imparting lessons on topics ranging from grammar to social studies. But just below its fun and airy surface is the reminder of the ideal of equality this country was founded upon and the continued struggle for it ever since. In their collective beautiful voice, the students sing: “…Our heritage is mixed, so any kid can be the president! You simply melt right in. It doesn’t matter what your skin. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, or your religion, you jump right in, to the Great American Melting Pot.” Our hope is that the Class of 2021 will never forget this message of equality...nor their nouns, interjections and conjunctions!

Amberlee Butler, Robyn Cornyn, and Olivia Zwaanstra

Production Credits The production of this show is the result of many hours of work by students, parents, teachers, school staff, and community members. Thank you to everyone who has donated time, creativity, supplies, costumes, funds, expertise, and support. Your generosity and talents have made this show possible. Director, Musical Director, & Choreographer . . . . . . . . . Gary Stanford Jr. Producers . . . . . . . . Amberlee Butler, Robyn Cornyn, Olivia Zwaanstra Assistant Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ling Triantos Rehearsal Support

. . . Amberlee Butler, Robyn Cornyn, Olivia Zwaanstra

Set Design & Build . . . . Lyle Weaver, Peter Weston Smith, Andre Hershberg Set Painting . . . . . . . . . Robyn Cornyn, Amy Rattner, Amberlee Butler, Chris & Desi Shaw, Todd Zwaanstra, Stephen Thomsen Costumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Zwaanstra, Amberlee Butler, Ling Triantos, Kari Daheb Costumes Support . . . . . . Kari Daheb, Devon Kohler, Christina Kolotouros, Marie Weston Smith, Kaori Yamamoto Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amberlee Butler Journey to Operetta Video . . . . . . Christina Kolotouros with Ling Triantos Sponsor, Promo, & Intermission Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Kolotouros Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claire Pollioni Program Ad Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kate Muller & Andrea Shaw Stargrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christine Hutchinson, Sheri Brooks, Christina Kolotouros, Kari Daheb Program Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christina Kolotouros

Ticket Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Devon Kohler Concessions Leads . . . . . . . . . . . . Alyson Huey-Weaver & Justine Scott Concessions Team . . . . . . . . . . Christine Hutchinson, Stacey McNamara, Erica Goldman, Yvette Ma, Annie Tcherepnin, Andrea Shaw, Tricia Hershberg, & Lulu Eschelman Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amberlee Butler T-Shirts & Masks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carrie Davis Photo Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ling Triantos

We have tried to acknowledge the many people who helped with the production of the show, however we were unable to thank everyone by name. Please accept our sincerest gratitude on behalf of the 8th Grade class.

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Congratulations on your middle-school graduation! You are a smart, kind gentleman- you have a great future ahead of you and we love you very much, your Mom and Dad!

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Great Job Brighton!!

Love, Mom, Dad, Makena, Nonnie and Hoppa XOXO

We are so proud of you and all your growth during your years at Woodside. We can't wait to see your next adventures! Love, Mom, Dad, John, and Leah

Congratulations Hudson! We are so proud of you and are so blessed to have had the opportunity to watch you grow and develop into such an amazing person during your time at Woodside School. We are excited for you to take on the next chapter in your life and we know that your hard work, dedication, and kindness will lead you to limitless potential on the path ahead. We love you! Love, Mom, Dad, Charlotte and Layne


We shall always be with you to encourage and support your adventures, pursuits, and dreams. We cannot wait to see what you will accomplish next. We are so very proud of you. You are our ACE. We love you.

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Dad, Mom, George, Grandma, Grandpa, Yiayia, and Theo Jimbo


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CONGRATS, SERGIO! Kind, Thoughtful, Strategic, Creative, Smart... We love you with all our hearts! ¡Vaya con Dios!

You're graduating.



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Amelia Muller

It's not what you look at in this world, it's what you see. - Thoreau

Amelia, keep seeing and seeking what is in your heart, And ride that wave wherever it may take you!

We are so proud of you! Much Love - xoxox - Mom, Dad, Niko & Baci

Mia Valentina Pollioni We are so proud of you and looking forward to high school and beyond! With love, Mom, Dad, Ava, Enzo and Nico

Musical Numbers Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. A NOTE FOR THESE COVID TIMES: Roles were not assigned in a traditional sense for this show. This grade has 3 cohorts, and students only worked within their own cohort. Lines and parts of songs from each character have been assigned across different students in order to keep everyone safe and maximize participation.


Tom - Brayden Gibeau-Stannard George - Peter Tcherepnin Dori - Leah Triantos Shulie - Mason Benkard Joe - Hunter Guyer Dina - Emma Zwaanstra Ensemble A

A NOUN IS A PERSON, PLACE OR THING Dori - Leah Triantos Tom - Brayden Gibeau-Stannard, Landon Pretre, Arjun Singh Dina - Shay Cornyn Shulie - Mason Benkard, Sebby Sechi George - Alexis Kolotouros & Peter Tcherepnin, Hudson Kohler, Swayer Linnell Joe - Hunter Guyer, Alexis Kolotouros, Harrison Chen Cowboy - Andrew Hurlbut Bandito - Carlo Thomsen Ensemble A


Tom - Milo Sabina George - Deano Roberts, James Poole, Tyler Rattner Ensemble C


Tom - Alex Daheb Dina - Jemma Scott Dori - Siena de Heer Shulie - Taiki Yamamoto Ensemble B


Tom - Arjun Singh Shulie - Harrison Chen George - Peter Tcherepnin, Hudson Kohler & Sawyer Linnell Joe - Hunter Guyer Ensemble A


Tom - Brighton Hadley Shulie - Anna Weston Smith Dori - Tyler Rattner & Owen Steil, Desi Shaw Ensemble C


Tom - Bryce Jekat Joe - Mia Pollioni Elvis - Alex Daheb Ensemble B


Tom - Xander Eschelman Dina - Addie Durett Dori - Ethan Butler Shulie - Megan Davis Joe - Amelia Muller, Bryce Jekat Ensemble B

GREAT AMERICAN MELTING POT Tom - Carlo Thomsen Joe - Andrew Hurlbut Dori - Arjun Singh, Mason Benkard Dina - Emma Zwaanstra, Shay Cornyn Joe - Brayden Gibeau-Stannard, Landon Pretre, Ensemble A

Musical Numbers con’t ELBOW ROOM

Tom - Shay McNamara Dina - Colt Saletta Dori - Ben Brown, Anna Weston Smith, Ana Guzman, Shay McNamara, James Poole, Tyler Rattner, Brighton Hadley, Deano Roberts Ensemble C


Tom - Henry Hutchinson Dina - Amelia Muller Shulie - Alex Daheb Janet - Ethan Butler, Xander Eschelman, Amelia Muller & Mia Pollioni Planets - Alex Daheb, Megan Davis, Addie Durett, Bryce Jekat, Jemma Scott, Taiki Yamamoto Stars - Siena de Heer, Sergio Martinez Ensemble B


Tom - Milo Sabina Janet - Isla Stern Dori - Owen Steil Shulie - James Poole, James Weaver George - Deano Roberts, Tyler Rattner Joe - Ben Brown, Shay McNamara Dina - Jillian Mader, Ofa Tahaafe, Desi Shaw, Isla Stern, Milo Sabina, Owen Steil Geraldine - Anna Weston Smith Geraldo - Ana Guzman Franklin - Brighton Hadley Reginald - Colt Saletta Ensemble C


All Ensembles

You are more than just a noun, which is

“a person, place, or thing.” In life, always ask the question,

“What’s your function?” And remember,

“Knowledge is Power!” CONGRATULATIONS TO THE



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Owen Steil

We are so incredibly proud of you!! You are an amazing son, wonderful brother, fantastic friend and a remarkable young man.

We love you so much!!


Isla Stern

Isla, Witnessing you grow into your own independent person has been a privilege. We couldn’t be prouder of your authenticity and exuberant spirit and we‘re so excited to see you flourish both on stage tonight and in all your future endeavors. Love, Maya, Mom, & Dad

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Special Thank You to... The incredible Woodside School team: Jenn Pedersen, Tina

Adolph, Cathy Stienstra, Steve Frank, Nurse Abbe, Kara D’Ambrosio, Kathy Jones, Eucadio Martinez, Francisco Martinez, Lupe Chavez, and all the amazing administration and teachers. The Woodside Operetta is put on by the students, but it wouldn’t be possible without the guidance and support of the Woodside School team.

The Teacher Cameos: Chelsea Card, Yani Piedra (Miss P), Kristina Valentine - thank you for your unwavering enthusiasm and support of our 8th grade class.

The Fabulous Town of Woodside and our community sponsors for supporting the Class of 2021 and helping make this show possible.

The 8th grade parents for offering your valuable time and flexibiliy. Thank you for encouraging your children to practice and for reading endless emails, calming nerves, and providing your love and support so that your child could be part of this great tradition.

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