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A Whale of a Tale

A Whale of a Tale


One of the highlights of the year is the class performance. The audience can appreciate the obvious efforts taken to make the show a reality. The dancing, singing, designing of sets and costumes and the raw courage of standing up in front of a big crowd and saying your lines are all visible skills gained by putting together a performance. What the audience does not always realize is all the work that happens before showtime. A topic for the show has to be decided and consensus is not always easily reached. I am sure a few of my former students, now in their late twenties, still wish I had not vetoed Star Wars; The Musical. Once the theme is determined, research and lessons follow. Children often are enlisted to write the script. Set and costume ideas are generated before anybody sets foot in the Little Theater. Being part of a performance has some very clear benefits but the unseen efforts are an equally important part of the process.

Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern, Academic Programs