So, I guess what I am trying to say - is that it has been, well, a bit busy!
|Wool Pirate Hair|
|Pirate Costume Party|
So, normally production starts in 4th grade with a gathering of ideas and characters. Then the ARTs (dance, music, drama and myself) and 5th grade teachers mull over the student ideas to try and make a story/plot. Last year our drama teacher wrote the script - it was AMAZING. This year there was not time - so we bought a script based on the interest of our students.
Our show this year was Treasure Island - so most of the kids would need some kind of pirate outfit. I wasn't sure how to get kids to make a pirate-ish shirt, how to collect objects, how to deal them out.... Then, our Dance teacher had a brilliant idea - a costume party. So, one day instead of having normal 'specials' during our 5th grade time - students went into a creative, surprisingly controlled costume making frenzy. Students added paint, sparkle glue, buttons, leaves - they cut, sewed, and added bits and pieces to make their costumes all their own. My favorite part was this awesome wool I happened upon on a donation to the high school - it looked just like dreads. I cut and glued chunks together for 'pirate hair' - it was wickedly cool.
For the next 8 weeks, once a week for about 30 minutes students split up into their assigned jobs and we created a show. We had 3 after school rehearsals to mesh all the acting, dancing, musicians and such together. Then we had a full day TECH rehearsal so my kids could learn when to change the set, spots knew who to follow - what lines were sound cues for music.
|Front of their T-shirt - 100% kid designed|
It is a SHORT LONG 8 weeks. In many ways the 8 weeks drags on, but then it never feels like enough time.
Somehow, no matter how far behind we feel, or how crunched for time - it all pulls together for an amazing show.
I am SUPER proud of my 5th graders for all their hard work.