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They are monsters — cute ones
Students perform a musical tribute to friendship and acceptance.
Walking into the gym at St. Agnes School in Arlington Jan. 29, you would have thought it was Halloween instead of almost Valentine’s Day. Spider webs adorned the stage and vampires and werewolves roamed freely. Monsters ruled at St. Agnes School — at least for about an hour.
Fourth- and fifth-graders were the stars of “We Are Monsters,” a musical tribute to the importance of friendship and the acceptance of each person’s uniqueness.
The story is set in a “monster cabaret” where werewolves and vampires can be themselves without humans around. But it’s hard to keep humans away as four children — KC, played by Grace Woodward; Westerly, played by Bruno Menza; Jade, played by Cate Redmond; and Sunny, played by Devon Hong — sneak in hoping to film monster secrets and reveal them to the world. But KC, the oldest child, has another reason for being there. He wants to meet his childhood monster friend, Oozy Lumpa.
Monsters, unaware of the human intruders, begin to perform rock ‘n’ roll songs. Werewolves sing “Howl at the Moon,” and vegetarian vampires croon “We Love Lettuce.”
Vampires sing about how tough it is to be a vampire with “My Fangs Always Get in the Way,” while werewolves compete in a “Werewolf Howl-Off” contest.
Monsters run from humans and vice-versa. When KC and his old friend Oozy Lumpa finally reunite, they sing, “KC and Oozy Lumpa Reprise.”
In the last scene the human children confess to their ulterior motives, but they have a change of heart when they learn that monsters and humans share similar problems.
Fifth-grade teachers Emily Anders and Grainne Humphries spearheaded the musical, casting the play and beginning rehearsals in December.
Anders said that they chose the musical “We Are Monsters” to help their students work as a team and to develop stronger friendships. It’s also a way to help children that feel left out and different.
Fifth-grader Mira Rizk played the slimy, but nice, monster Oozy Lumpa. She is no stranger to performing and she sings and plays the guitar. She also said she wasn’t nervous coming out on stage in front of her classmates.
“I felt really good because they are all my friends,” said Rizk.
After the final scene the entire cast sang “We are Monsters,” and the audience gave the students a standing ovation.
“I loved it,” said Melissa Allen, mother of fourth-grade werewolf Amanda.
There was a second performance Jan. 30.
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