It’s showtime!

I know a lot of references for my title, but they are not what I’m referring to in this blog. This week is the week of our school’s big dance program entitled this year as “Broadway on 2nd St.” As the title suggests, we are doing a Broadway musicals theme and everyone is getting involved. The night will go something like this:

School ends and busses leave our parking lot about 4:20. Set up for the event starts including food truck staging, sound system checks, parking cones put up around the perimeter so people know where they can set up their lawn chairs and blankets for seating, people start claiming their seats all within about 30 minutes of the busses leaving.

We then settle in for the actual dinner and social time before the program, but once the program starts you have to hold on tight and pay attention. The students will sit with their families while not performing. Our teachers will dance first this year to start the program. This is a tradition that hasn’t been done for a couple of years, but we couldn’t resist. Then each grade level will perform 2 dances; 1 PE and 1 music. To finish the night, everyone participates in a community “dance” that involves parents and children alike. Once this is done, everyone says their good nights, packs up, and goes home while myself, my partner, and our PE alter egos take everything down and put it away for the night.

Now you’re probably wondering, “But Mrs. Fusilier! With such a broad topic as Broadway musicals, how and what did you choose to use for your performance?”Well, wait no longer because here is the list:

Teacher Dance: Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast

Kindergarten: All Star from Shrek (music) and Olly the Octopus (PE)

1st Grade: Step in Time from Mary Poppins (music) and Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PE)

2nd Grade: Sunday Clothes from Hello Dolly (music) and Singing in the Rain (PE)

3rd Grade: Seize the Day from Newsies (music) and There’s No Business Like Show Business (PE)

4th Grade: Trashing the Camp from Tarzan (music) and Footloose (PE)

5th Grade: Hard Knock Life from Annie Jr (music) and Hand Jive from Grease (PE)

Community “Dance”: So Long, Farewell from Sound of Music

If you happen to be interested in these dance, please just email me, musicteacherfusilier@gmail.com, and I will gladly share those with you. And please remember to keep dancing like no one is watching!

Let’s get started!

Greetings and salutations!  My name is Mrs. Heather Fusilier and this is my blog to share the happenings and behind the scenes of my musical world! So a little bit about myself for starts…

This is my 10th year teaching in USD 259 Wichita Public Schools. I started teaching officially in August of 2006 after receiving my degree from Wichita State University in music education. I have training in vocal and instrumental music. Besides singing I play piano, violin, viola, cello, recorder, and am currently trying to learn guitar.

In my 10 years I spent many years being shared between at least 2 schools and have taught in about a quarter of the elementary schools in our district. I have had a couple rare occasions of having my own classroom. However, I more frequently traveled from room to room on a cart and am currently sharing the one music room at Dodge Literacy Magnet team teaching with my partner, Resheta Patton.

This is my 4th year teaching at Dodge and once again we are preparing for our annual dance program. Past themes have been Boogie on the Blacktop for Halloween favorites, Party Around the Planet experiencing a little taste from different cultures, and Dancing Through the Decades where the students learned a bit about music history.  This year’s theme is equally fun and is entitled “Broadway on 2nd St.” featuring many popular Broadway musicals to showcase each grade level, the teachers, and even involving the audience.  Before the program each year, we invite our school community to dinner. In the past our PE teachers, Kim Morrissey and Kyle Small, have provided the main dish for the meal. However, the last couple of years we have started being served by our local food truck vendors such as The Flying Stove and Funky Monkey Munchies.

The night to remember is Thursday, September 24th! Dinner will start roughly around 5 p.m. with the dance starting about 6:30 p.m. Come early to find parking and don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets for seating. We’ll be set up in our parking lot at the corner of 2nd St. and Anna here in Wichita, Kansas. So if you are in the neighborhood, stop on by! We’d love to see you!