Children’s Musical “War of the Words” premieres

On May 31, 2012, my musi­cal col­lab­o­ra­tor Emily Clare Thomp­son and I pre­miered a children’s musi­cal, War of the Words, at the school where she teaches in East Hanover, NJ. The group of young­sters from Cen­tral School in he East Hanover School Dis­trict gave their lunch hours, recess, and after school time to rehearse and learn the score, and the work paid off for this very tal­ented group of kids.

The show is an updated set­ting of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Noth­ing, set jn a modern-day grade school. Here are sev­eral pics from the evening — click the pic­ture for a closer view.

Benedick & Beatrice

War of the Words

The Prin­ci­pal, Coach, and Head Teacher

That’s Not the Life for Me” — Boys

That’s Not the Life for Me” — Girls

The Cos­tume Ball

a group at the Cos­tume Ball

The Cos­tume Ball

The Stu­dent Secu­rity Watch

The Com­pany


The truth is revealed

Richard D. Rus­sell & Emily Clare Thompson

About Richard D. Russell

This was written by Richard D. Russell, New York City based composer of fine music.