So Much Fun - For All!
I've produced this play six times, but not for ten years until this year. I'd forgotten how much fun this play is, for students, for parents, and for me. This group of fourth graders having already done a "living history" day in costume, were already costumed for the musical. Song by song, they learned not only the lyrics, but appropriate gestures for all the songs, giving great energy to their performance. The content of the play added to and extended one of their Social Studies themes for the year, though some of the jokes were a bit dated ("air Gordons", for example) and had to be explained. Parents, however, understood the jokes. There are a minimum of speaking parts for this musical, which is a drawback if one's goal is to get everyone speaking. The lack of speaking parts, however, puts an emphasis on the music and each child is in at least two singing groups, some more. We were fortunate to have a wonderful comedienne to play Becky and another young lady who played the "straight-man" role of Luzena perfectly. All and all, it was great fun.