After months of memorizing lines, songs, and dance routines, Ross Upper School students put on the performance of their lives in this year’s spring musical, Flower Drum Song. Three evening shows were held on May 16, 17, and 18 in the Court Theater featuring students in grades 8 to 12.
“This musical has never been done by schools, and it’s cutting-edge,” said Ross Theater Director Gerard Doyle. “It was a great success!” With Gerard at the helm, Ross Performing Arts Director Adam Judd offered musical direction, and dance teacher Sheryl Hastalis taught choreography.
Flower Drum Song, a musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, takes place in San Francisco's Chinatown during the 1960s and highlights the many conflicts that Chinese immigrants and Asian Americans, specifically, faced while trying to assimilate to American culture. There are several characters that show varying degrees of assimilation and are affected by their experiences in different ways.
“They did an amazing job, and I teared up at the end,” said Ross parent Jennifer Morgan, whose daughter Katie played in the orchestra. “Such great kids!”