‘Saturday Night Caesar’ Rocks Maple Street School
Once again combining two of its most revered traditions, the eighth grade Shakespeare play and the spring choral concert, Maple Street’s entire student body participated in ‘Saturday Night Caesar,’ a musical rendition adapted and directed by teachers Mary Mangiacotti and Erin Gill Reilly. The historic play, ‘Julius Caesar,’ was adapted to 1978 Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, with Caesar as a disco dance champion and included such songs as ‘Stayin’ Alive,’ and ‘Jive Talkin’. “Erin’s ability to choose songs and weave them into the story is a real gift,” Mangiacotti explained. Gill Reilly added, “Mary’s childhood in Brooklyn was a fantastic catalyst to teach the story and encourage all the characters to speak in distinct New York accents!” This was the fourth consecutive year that the pair teamed up to create an adaptation for an all-school production, with music becoming an important part of the script for a unique interpretation. This was a highly collaborative project with teachers, Maureen Chaffee as stage manager, Geoff Chamberlain on lights, and Zak Hampton as sound engineer, and the entire faculty and staff, whose talents made this an exceptionally delightful evening.