Eight TGS Upper School drama students are adapting scripts, directing, acting, dancing, and singing—bringing to life stories written by children at Craycroft Elementary School. Today they took their show on the road, performing their adaptations for the authors at Craycroft Elementary.
Stories that Soar! High, a Literacy Connects program, pairs high school students with elementary schools to dramatize the children’s stories. “I’ve been wanting to do community outreach combined with drama for years,” Lisa Bodden, Upper School drama teacher, said. When she learned about Stories that Soar! High, and the fact that Craycroft Elementary was looking for a partner, the rest fell into place.
Ms. Bodden’s students began by turning the children’s original stories into scripts. “They got to explore script writing and adaptation in ways they’ve never experienced before,” Ms. Bodden said. For example, some of the stories were simply a series of drawings. The TGS students worked to stay true to the elementary authors’ ideas and intentions, which necessitated creativity: A student turned one story into a song and another into a ballet. Beyond creating the scripts, the students also direct and perform the show.
Students will reprise the performance at The Gregory School on March 14 at 6:00 pm and March 15 at 2:15 pm in the Donald R. Nickerson Performing Arts Center.
Bringing Original Stories to Life
March 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm.
Donald R. Nickerson Performing Arts Center, The Gregory School
Imagination and magic come to life as TGS upper school drama students transform original stories from Craycroft Elementary students into a dynamic theatrical experience. You'll laugh, you'll sigh, and you'll be delighted by this evening of free family-friendly fun.
I love working here because of the students! Every single one brings unique talents and perspectives to my drama and stagecraft classes, as well as to the productions, and to the school community. Students are enthusiastic about their aspirations, performances, and creations. When working on a theatrical performance, students must communicate their skills of compassion, curiosity, critical thinking, and collaboration. My job is easy when I work with people who are excited to explore the world of theatre and experience new adventures.