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PS 238 Spring Concert

PS 238 students hold country-themed concert

Teacher involvement: PS 238 teachers Daria Milman and Eddie Ferrer belted out “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Singing sensation: Fifth-grader Paola Valentin sang a rendition of “Over the Rainbow.”
Brooklyn Daily

PS 238’s country-themed spring concert went off without a hitch — and it was a honkin’ good time.

Students wearing cowboy hats and bandanas belted out the Elvis Presley classic “Love Me Tender,” country star Hank Williams’s hit tune “Your Cheating Heart,” and other numbers during the two-hour show at the Sheepshead Bay school on Eighth Street near Avenue P.

More than 120 students spent four months preparing for the May 24 show, according to the concert’s producer Ilene Mizrach.

“They worked so hard,” said Mizrach, who teaches music at PS 238. “The students did an awesome job.”

The concert’s high points came when students performed an ensemble rendition of “Footloose,” and a team of teachers led by Daria Milman and Eddie Ferrer backed by middle school guitar players covered the Lynyrd Skynyrd smash “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The song-and-dance numbers were staged in front of an elaborate handmade set featuring a country house, barn, silo, and a massive mural built by a team of 30 students who began work on the project last fall, according to art teacher Joan Davis.

Davis said the experience left some of the students with dreams of becoming professional stagehands.

“The project taught them that there’s art outside the classroom,” said Davis. “They really got a feel for stage work.”

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

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