James Rohr, a boy scout in Bronxville’s Troop 5, completed his eagle scout project at Concordia College New York.
Back in 1999, the first-ever Concordia Conservatory Holiday Community Musical took over a storage room in Schoenfeld Campus Center to house costumes, props and set pieces from the production. The Community Musical went on to become a beloved annual tradition, and after 21 fully-staged productions, the storage room was in need of a facelift.
James’ eagle scout project was initially planned for spring 2020, and shelving units were delivered the weekend before the pandemic caused the shutdown of Concordia’s campus. He was determined to complete the project before Christmas, and once Concordia’s college students left for break, he and his team of fellow scouts and family members rolled up their sleeves and tackled the herculean job.
Emptying the room of items accumulated over the years took an entire weekend. Then the team cleaned, patched the walls and painted. Next came the construction of the new shelving units and storage for the set pieces and flats. With the wealth of props culled and organized, the mission was complete.
James appreciates the sense of community that the Conservatory fosters with its annual holiday musical productions. The musical is a family affair for the Rohrs. James has cheered on his brother Jeffrey’s performances, and mom Michele has managed costume design for the past several years.