Joaquin Miller Elementary Powerpuff Girls stepped up to save the city last Thursday, March 17, when Batman had to take a medical leave. Fifth-grade students in Melissa Pamperin’s class presented the super-hero sage also performed two encores for fellow students at Miller on Friday, March 18.
“Batman has a complete mental breakdown from the stress of being a superhero, is sent off to rehab, the city is overrun by a gang of the usual villains such as Freeze, the Riddler and Catwoman despite Robin and Batgirl’s attempts to protect it, and a trio of young girls steps up to save the city and becomes known as the Powerpuff Girls!” Pamperin explained. “It’s fun and one of the most talented groups of kids I’ve ever worked with!”
On opening night, the performance of Batman’s Breakdown and the Rise of the Powerpuff Girls played to a full house and raised nearly $600 in donations for the school. Some of the donated money will go towards production costs, with the rest being saved to help replace the elementary school auditorium’s slowly-failing sound system.
The annual plays directed by Pamperin are funded through the donations and grants from the Burbank Educational Foundation and Burbank Arts for All. They also held a few fundraisers to offset costs of larger purchases, she said .
Every one of the 33 students in Pamperin’s class participated in the play in some way.
“I don’t require anyone to be onstage, but everyone has to participate as a crew member or scene painter if they don’t want to be onstage,” she said “The kids have been rehearsing since early January each day during the lunch hour and then for the past week we’ve been in the auditorium nearly all day.”
“I’ve done shows before, but this was more fun because it was less kids and everyone who wanted a part got one!” said fifth-grader Quinn Cramer.
“They are an incredibly hardworking and talented group of kids,” Pamperin added. “Each and every single day they came and put forth their absolute best in order to create a truly fun and fantastic show.”