Elephant's Child Enchants Connetquot
At the May 11 production of "The Elephant's Child" musical, young performers from the Connetquot classrooms of Leslie Davis, Jennifer Rizzo, Melissa Love and Crystal Chiari enchanted parents and other students with colorful stage sets and animal costumes including kolo kolo birds, crocodiles, snakes, gorillas, zebras, ostriches, giraffes, hippos, tigers, lions and, of course, elephants.
Adapted by chorus teacher Eileen Egbert from the play by Virginia Kolk Pedulla, based on Rudyard Kipling's classic tale (part of his 1902 collection "Just So Stories for Little Children"), this whimsical origin story/travelogue explains how the elephant came to have a long trunk.
Directed by Egbert, songs such as "I'm a Kolo Kolo Bird," "The Limpopo River" and "A Trunk Is a Handy Dandy Thing" amused the audience while teaching the geography and history of Africa. Interspersed with compositions from the musical were four traditional African songs from various regions of the continent: "Funga Alafia" (Nigeria), "Dipidu" (Uganda), "Kye Kye Kule (Che Che Kule)" (Ghana) and "Hamba Ni Kahle" (South Africa).