On Wednesday and Thursday, the Seniors performed two showings of “Aesop’s Tails,” a fantastic play of fables. The play combined well-known Aesop’s fables with new ones written by the students. I was especially impressed by the musical numbers. Congratulations to all the Seniors, as well as Jon, Charlotte, Stuart, Jennifer, and all the teachers who worked on the play and the music. Here is a slideshow, accompanied by the Seniors playing “Entende,” a four-part recorder piece.
Primary One and Two put on a charming production of Peter and the Wolf on Friday. They created wonderful costumes and choreographed their own movements. The original score was the accompaniment to the play. Congratulations to the Primaries and teachers for all of their hard work!
Last, Seniors sang Y el Pasto Verde Crecía Alrededor, a song about a tree in a city. More videos of the Spanish performances, as well as some great poetry from Primary Two, to come later this week.
On Earth Day, we were delighted to watch a performance of Anansi Tales by Stuart and Genevieve’s Junior classes.
The Middle School performed their spring play yesterday, the fun, charming, and well-acted “Twisted Tales of Terror.” Thank you to Shannon Farm Community for hosting the play, and to everyone involved. Here is a gigantic slideshow. The pictures from the matinee are at the end, and thanks to Derrick Stone for the fabulous evening pictures!
The Senior class presented their spring play today in two showings. The students adapted much of the material and songs themselves. The play was set in medieval times and centered around a boy who was able to sing pictures into being. The king did not understand the suffering of the townspeople until he saw the pictures that the court jester’s son created. It was a very well-done performance, and congratulations to all!
Oscar’s third and fourth grade Spanish class presented the play “El Renacuajo Paseador,” by the Columbian poet Rafael Pombo. Pombo is famous in Columbia for his “poemas infantiles” or childrens’ poems. Rin Rin the tadpole is the main character; as Wikipedia states: “Rin Rin is one of the most recognized characters of the Colombian culture, and is commonly used in elementary school textbooks, nursery rhymes and children literature compilations.”
Here is the video:
Krista’s Primary One class presented a play today based on the wonderful children’s book I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. A bear, missing his red pointed cap, asks all the animals of the forest if they have seen his hat. One rabbit appears to be wearing a similar hat, and by the end of the story, the hat is returned to the bear in a non-traditional fashion. After the play, Primary One shared some of the journals they worked on this year. The students had some great drawings and funny descriptions of siblings. An unusual drawing of Sponge Bob’s undergarments got the biggest laughs!
Video to follow in the next few days, but here are some pictures!
This week, the Juniors performed their play, Topping Tall Tales. The play was a mixture of songs and skits based on American folk figures such as Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett and Pecos Bill. The Juniors also made up a funny “Song of Lies” and recited a poem by Shel Silverstein. For more photos, check our Facebook page!
The Juniors perform “True Story,” a poem by Shel Silverstein:
The middle school performed their spring play today in two performances. This year’s play was Is he dead? by Mark Twain. The play was recently discovered by a scholar in 2003. The students did a wonderful job – the play was very funny and had a beautiful set and costumes. There were great lines, such as: “Oh. and have my horses polished. They’re looking a little dingy”and (Chicago referring to Millet’s feminine clothes) “You’re going to need more practice in those duds. You’re walking like a busted mare.” Millet was a real artist; the students created several versions of his paintings for use in the play. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Here is Ben Brantley’s plot summary from The New York Times review:
“Set in and near Paris in 1846, “Is He Dead?” presents a lineup of cultural and farcical stereotypes, seen with the wide-eyed-with-a-wink gaze that Twain brought to “The Innocents Abroad,” the travel memoir that made him solvent. At the show’s center is Jean-François Millet (no, the name is not a coincidence), a brilliant but unrecognized painter…Since Jean-François can’t sell a landscape to save his life (literally), his inner circle of bohemian friends — an ethnic stew made up of an American…a German…and an Irishman…convince him that faking his death is just the ticket for raising his stock. So Jean-François disappears from life and re-emerges as his imaginary twin sister, a widow both mad and madcap. The expected complications ensue.”