4th Grade Trip Around the USA Concert and
Mrs. Lantz's Class Greek Myth Production
Why do we want theater, musicals, music class productions? Performing brings out healthy risk taking to get up stage, commitment to learn parts and sequencing, and team work. For those doing stage crew, kids work together to visualize and create on large scale all of the details necessary to tell the story. Every layer of the stage is considered. Every costume has to be visualized. They must also work with the actors on stage. It is demanding!
Theater also engages children in learning. To have students transform historical literature like Greek Myths and Folktales into narrative plays takes many hours of writing and rewriting. The children not only wrote the plays but added humor and drama so beautifully. I bet most people did not know that the children wrote the plays themselves!
Above all, theater adds community to a school. There is so much excitement in the school on performance day. The kids love to come together and watch each other on stage along with the families. We are officially a theater school district!