Elementary School Drama Club Students Perform in Support of ASH Global Service Learning
On Saturday, March 23rd, an audience of close to 100 parents, students and staff were treated to a special performance of "Great Cosmic Rescue Mission" by our Upper Elementary School Drama Club, in support of The Nepal Global Service Learning Program. The delightful show was a production of the UE Drama Club, a talented group of ASH 3rd and 4th graders who have been hard these past few months while having fun and learning all about the theater. In addition to the hands-on learning experience this club provides, the UE Drama Club was also developed as a fundraising program in support of the Shree Sanjivani Primary School in Nepal our Global Service Learning Program at ASH. The club is in its fourth year running, and is completely planned, organized and run by High School ‘student teachers’.
This year, the club had an amazing turnout, with seventeen 3rd and 4th Grade student participants and one 5th grade student who was in the club last year and enjoyed it so much he wanted to participate again! He had a more advanced role this year and acted as the Assistant Technical Manager helping with sets, props, sound, and lighting. The students met for 8 sessions in which they learned and played theater games, 'auditioned' for roles in the show, blocked all the scenes, and they learned about five different theater positions (director, producer, stage manager, costume/make-up manager, technical manager). Their final performance was of a Great Cosmic Rescue Mission, a short comedy written by Robert Reed, that takes place in space and included the whole package of make-up and costumes, with a spaceship and other fun backdrops and props. The talented young actors, their families, and friends enjoyed a 'cast party' after the show with food, drink, decorations, and for their scrapbooks a headshot photo of each participant.
This performance, and the efforts of the club, was well received by parents and brought forward large interest by families and students alike for more drama/theater offerings at ASH at the Elementary School age-level, as it is a wonderful platform for developing skills in public speaking, teamwork, creativity, and confidence building. To top it all off, the club raised 2,265 Euros in support of our Global Service Learning Program in Nepal, the cherry on top of the cake.