Let’s put on a show

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How many of us can say that a play we wrote or original choreography we created has been performed before an audience of over 200 people? Our 9-12 students can make that impressive claim. Every year, the oldest students in the class take charge of writing an original script and taking it from a concept to an actual performance. Students are tasked with choreographing and teaching dances, organizing props, costumes, and printing programs. As with all our  performances, each class gets an average of eight days in the theater, sometimes less, if we happen to have a big snow. Putting together a show is one type of “big work” that Maria Montessori observed children were naturally drawn to because of their need for collaboration and creativity. Putting together a performance demands a diverse set of skills and allows children to shine beyond what might be observed in the classroom.

Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern, Academic Programs