Did you know that the show was co-written by John Jacobson, an internationally recognized composer, choreographer, teacher and motivational speaker?
You may recognize Jacobson from the Ellen show performing his Double Dream Hands choreography.
Jacobson has written and produced hundreds of songs, musicals and dance choreographies that are performed worldwide. He’s staged huge music festival ensembles in his association with Walt Disney Productions, and directed productions featuring thousands of young singers including NBC's national broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, presidential inaugurations and more.
In his motivational speaking, he emphasizes the importance of teaching music, and the idea that music creates harmony that brings people together. He is also the founder of America Sings!, a nonprofit choir festival company that provides choral experiences for young singers and encourages volunteerism and community service.
Co-written by Jacobson and John Higgins, The Bear Went Over the Mountain was specifically designed for young performers. It teaches to their vocal and cognitive maturity and features six original songs in a variety of musical styles.
The story is a journey of friendship and adventure as it follows the restless and lively Da Bear on her exploration up the mountain to expand her horizons. She and her animal buddies find more than they’d expected in this musical excursion.
Performed by Patel Conservatory students in grades two through four, its delightful costumes and songs are perfect for young audiences.
The show is directed by Amy Leavitt and Matthew Belopavlovich, along with student director Ian Burns. Music director is Allison Novak, choreographer Warren Levene, theater apprentice Landon Green.
Tickets are now available. Bring the little ones out for this entertaining performance!