Wednesday, May 07, 2008

shoot for the moon, land in amongst these stars.

Big drama week at Garden Creek School this week. These wonderful kids along with their two dedicated teachers have been practising their play for months now and performed it with great gusto yesterday. Hilarity ensued and the audience, which consisted of moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandparents, brothers and sisters and the rest of the student body loved every minute of it! Standing ovations all around!
Today, the cast and crew, number in the 70's hopped on a couple of buses and headed up river to a school Drama festival to perform their original play, which was written by one of their teachers. They came in second place as a cast and several members won separate awards. These three "blackberry addicts" below won for best group performance. My little business guy is sitting on the right playing the straight man like only he can. Even though I keep telling him that he has to grow up to be an Engineer or a Stock Broker because of his incredible math brain, so he can send his Momma on big trips in style, he yearns to be a stand up comedian. He may be on the real right track.



The play takes place in the city, which included a disco scene. It was so darn funny. The kids completely got into character....... It was a meeting between the country folk and the city folk, a sequel to the play last year when the city folk were stranded in the country. Some of these kids have been in both plays.


Village people of course.............they got right into it! I loved being there to see them perform. Most of these kids have been in the same class together since Kindergarten.....and now they are just completing their last year as active "Creekers" and will move onto middle school next year. Where does the time go??
































What is so wonderful about school plays is that its normally the first time these kids are offered a chance to learn about acting and production. When I was speaking to the two teachers tonight after they returned from the festival, I was told that they told the kids at the very beginning that this was a chance for them to leave their "real" selves outside the room so they could try to act like someone else............they definately took her up on this idea. There were as many boys involved as girls too, which I believe happened because the teacher who wrote and directed the play is a male and for some reason there is a differnet "cool" factor in play. Male teachers are few and far between at the elementary level............and this one is a true gem living his calling. The kids adore him............
Next week and the week after? It's my daughter's turn. She's starring in two plays Willy Wonka AND Romeo and Juliet!
I'm so amazed how much they enjoy this............as much as I love to teach and be up in front of a group, you couldn't pay me enough to act on stage. So, they have my complete and utter admiration.

8 comments:

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

THIS IS GREAT! Almost as good as being at the play itself. Your son is too cute :) If he's a big star someday he will make MORE than a stock broker!

(I mentioned you on my blog today:
http://barbara007.typepad.com/prodigal_daughter2/)

Awareness said...

Layla! I loved it! These kids are all such good kids.....and i've watched most of them grow up since kindergarten.
I think i'm going to miss this school as much as my son will.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It looks like it was a great deal of fun! There is something about sharing the stage with other people in a play that has great rewards on many levels...Not the least of which is Hearing The Aufience LAUGH...If indeed that is what is hoped for! LOL! There are wonderful lessons learned about sharing and supporting, etc, without anything being preached at you! And it is always great to get that Applause, AND A standing Ovation, to boot! Conhratulations to your dear son and that group of kids!

Rainbow dreams said...

lol thank you - it is brilliant and thank you for the photos...
he'll just have to be a mega successful comedian then...:)
Isn't it wonderful to be able to leave your real self behind occasionally - I think we all find our ways of doing it - mine would definitely NOT be on stage though...

hey this time next week...we'll be losing ourselves in the markets and streets of London... :)

nbt said...

He's looking very premieresk in the top photo.

Is he available for duty right now?/

I'm sure Shawn wouldn't mind stepping down, and I'm certain NBers wouldn't mind him doing so either. lol

Marja said...

Hi Dana Looks like a great play. Sounds like you have a great little actor there. Must have been a great ezperience especially when you son is in it. I love plays. It is amazing what they can produce on such a young age and with so much passion.

JP/deb said...

I love school plays too - what wonderful pics you got!! How great for these kids to get up and express themselves through theatre. Awesome Dana!

xx,
JP/deb

p.s. I had a bad person trolling around my blog and had to set up a new one ... you can find me at www.janepoet.blogspot.com -deb

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Happy Mother's Day, Dana!