“A person’s a person, no matter how small!” Our spring production of the musical Seussical revolved around this wonderful sentence, spoken by Horton the Elephant. Horton discovers a tiny-size family on a speck of dust and decides that even the smallest people need help and protection. As the play progresses, Horton meets critics, love-struck birds, tricksters, and other entertaining characters. By the end of the story, the other people in the Jungle of Nool believe that Horton’s tiny friends are real and that it’s always best to keep an open mind.
Our production was full of color, music and dancing, a great message and fantastic backdrops created by our talented digital art students. Our plays give students a chance to shine in so many ways. Producing a play is such a collaborative effort with all members of the cast required to work together as one. In addition to teamwork, students learn music, choreography and cues; they learn also the value of repetition that each rehearsal offers; they discover how to manage their nerves in front of an audience; and they learn how to be patient and wait their turn. All of these are obviously life skills.
We are so fortunate to have gifted and learning-focused teachers to help guide our students in these achievements. Our drama program continues to grow and deepen with each new production. We can’t wait for next year’s shows!