Group 1 kept working on their performance. Today, they were working on their songs and choreography. Their rehearsals continued.
Group 2 rehearsed more as well. In the beginning of theater class, the kids were very into trying on their costumes and finalizing what they were all going to wear. The girls particularly enjoyed this the most, whereas the boys were not as into the costumes. Some of the costumes chosen are pretty wild with crazy wigs and clothes. It should be fun to see by the end of the week! All the children had fun pretending to be witches and wizards and getting into their character. At one point, one of the counselors asked, “what might your character wear?” to help the kids find the perfect costume. They followed up that with a run-through of the play.
Group 3 ran through their play, as well as finishing up their props for the show. They have made some pretty incredible props. Giant, cardboard 3-D saxophones, telephones and a purse, plus many more that were painted today and set aside to dry. The cell phone and 2-D cardboard trees, signs and an angry clock were all painted and left to dry today.
The older kids in fashion were having fun designing clothes for the fashion show. They had all sorts of fabric and were enthusiastically sewing, cutting, drawing and designing. Some were able to learn how to use the sewing machine.
Story time for group 1 today was great. The kids really enjoy that part. They were reading a story about birds and while the story was being read, the kids found their own blankets and pieces of fabric to either wear or use as blankets, or both! They would walk about, pretending to be birds, or just peacefully rest there listening to the story. All the kids were listening attentively.
In dance, with the Latin music flowing from the room, the girls of group 2 got their inner Flamenco on. They started rehearsing the dance and finalizing their routine. The other kids from group 2 had fun with their mime/dance choreography. You’ll have to wait and see for that, because it is really cool what they do.
In writing, they turned the writing process into something fun and new by passing their booklets around and having a different person draw something else to contribute and add to a person’s story. That was an interesting way to have everybody contribute something. You would hear, “who wants to do the legs?” And the passing of the booklets would commence. It was a great way to have everybody be focused and keep working.
As the end of the second workshop begins to draw nearer, it’s nice to see the products taking shape and it’s so neat to see how an end product can come from scratch and from people working and being creative and collaborating. The friendships that have come from this week are valuable and real. It’s great to see how the kids interact with each other- happily chatting to one another while doing an activity, or helping out a friend, and playing together- and the friendships that have formed. And truly, everyone is getting along, being included, having fun, delving into the arts and benefitting from it all.