a wonderful collaboration
MRS. WISHY WASHY--a Meadow Pond original musical based on the stories of Joy Cowley
Mrs. Wishy Washy, a beloved Meadow Pond kindergarten tradition, has just entered its eleventh year! Melissa Richardson, the school's music teacher, adapted Joy Cowley’s Mrs. Wishy-Washy books into the musical.
"I wrote it and the songs when my daughter was five," said Mrs. Richardson. "She is now sixteen!"
The 2019 staging starred Meadow Pond's talented kindergarteners in the pig, cow, chicken, duck and "Meanies" ensembles. It also featured Jackie Kovatch as Mrs. Wishy Washy, Nick Grasso as Mr. Dishy Washy, and Amy Hoaglund as the shopkeeper.
The students were able to stay in character throughout the performance because of their deep familiarity with the material. The Mrs. Wishy-Washy books are a kindergarten favorite and one of the mentor texts used in Teachers College Reading and Writing Program's Units of Study for Reading.