The PTSA is excited to partner with our own third grade teacher, Mr. Carbajal, to offer a brand new Drama Club program after school in 2019.

The Drama Club will work on performing The Lorax using a script Mr. Carbajal adapted for theater. In addition to learning their speaking parts, participants will learn other aspects of theater and staging a production.

The Lorax is the story of a boy who’s looking for answers. Living in a ruined town, this little guy wants to know the story of the Lorax, so he goes to the Once-ler, an elderly Inventor/Manufacturer who tells the boy how the town came to be ruined, and most importantly, what he can do to turn things around.

Who Can Participate: Second through fifth graders are welcome to register for this club. Registration and participation in the program is free of charge as it is sponsored by the PTSA.

Registration: Interested students must register online here by Saturday, January 19 (registration is now closed). There are 27 speaking parts currently in the show so we can accommodate 27 2nd & 3rd graders and 27 4th & 5th graders in our two performances. We are hopeful that we can accommodate all students who register (and may be able to add another speaking part or two if necessary); however, if there are significantly more who register than spots available we will draw names through a lottery process and notify everyone by Friday, January 25. 

Club Dates and Times: Practices will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:40-5:30pm starting Monday, February 4 through Monday, April 1. There will not be practices during school breaks. Participants are expected to attend all practices (unless sick). As with any performance, there will be down time so it is a good idea to have homework to work on or books to read if there is waiting time.  

Club Meeting Info: Have your child wear comfortable clothes/shoes for easy movement. Pack a light, nut-free snack and water with your child for after school. No snacks will be provided. Pick-up your child in the MPR Stage room at 5:30pm sharp.

Performance Date: Family and friends of participating students are invited to see their performance on the evening of Thursday, April 4. All participants need to be in Ms. Badgley's room between 4:30-5pm for costumes and rehearsal. The performance will be at 6pm in the MPR. 

 

If you have any questions, contact PTSA Drama Club chair Monica DeVore at pangea@urbanlanguage.com

 


Why Theater? 

Did you know that young people who participate weekly in the arts are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to a class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math or science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

* The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (https://nasaa-arts.org)

The power of theater teaches many skills far beyond reading comprehension; as important as the ability to read is to a show. Theater teaches each child self-discipline, responsibility and how to control their physical bodies and emotions. It gives children a better sense of self and boosts self-confidence. Far beyond that, theater teaches us how to work as a team—the teacher included. There is no better community builder than doing a show together!

What is Reader’s Theater?

Reader’s theater was developed as an efficient and effective way to present literature in dramatic form. Today as well, most scripts are literary adaptations, though others are original dramatic works. Reader’s theater is minimal theater in support of literature and reading. There are many styles of reader’s theater, but nearly all share these features:

  • Narration serves as the framework of dramatic presentation.
  • No full stage sets. If used at all, sets are simple and suggestive.
  • No full costumes. If used at all, costumes are partial and suggestive, or neutral and uniform.
  • No full memorization. Scripts are used openly in performance.

Popular first in colleges and universities, reader’s theater has now moved to earlier education, where it is seen as a key tool for creating interest and skill in reading. Young people love to do it, and they give it their all—more so because it’s a team effort, and they don’t want to let down their friends! Repeated readings bring fluency, and if a script is based on an available book, kids want to read that too. What’s more, reader’s theater is a relatively simple activity for the teacher, with no required setup other than making copies of scripts.