Posted by:May 10, 201612:43 pmon:
The Preschool and Grade School Department of St. Mary of the Woods School successfully staged Kids’ Theater 2018 last February 27 – 28 at the Immaculate Mother Center Auditorium. Kids’ Theater is the culminating activity of the school’s Drama in Education program. The program provides a venue for students to develop their communication skills through activities that allow them to explore and experience the world in a controlled and safe environment. It allows them to learn while having fun. It gives them the chance to see things from another person’s eyes thereby teaching them to develop respect and understanding of other people’s ideas, motives and choices. Kids’ Theater also develop ones confidence which helps the students not only in extra and co-curricular activities but also in their academic performance.
This year’s Kids’ Theater included stories from popular Musical Plays and Animated Films.
The preschool students presented TROLLS based on the 3D computer-animated musical film from DreamWorks Animation. Trolls are little creatures that live a very happy life full of singing, dancing and hugging all day long. Aside from the song Can’t Stop the Feeling, Trolls contained music that became popular in the 80’s like True Colors, Hello and I’m Coming Out. The preschool kids had fun parading their colorful costumes on stage.
The Grade 1 students also showcased a musical presentation based on an animated film. They presented MOANA, a 3D computer-animated film released in 2016 by Walt Disney Pictures. It is about the adventures on Moana who saves her tribe from the evil plans of Te Ka, a volcanic demon. It featured the music How Far I’ll Go.
The Grade 2 students presented PETER PAN. Peter Pan is a story about a playful boy and his many adventures on the island of Neverland with fairies, pirates and Native Americans. The play and novel already had many adaptations like animated films, television special and stage musical. The students had a wonderful time flying from reality to fantasy land and back aboard the pirate ship.
JUNGLE BOOK KIDS was the play of choice of the Grade 3 students. It is about the story of a human boy Mowgli and his friend Bagheera, a panther, who was banished by a tiger named Shere Khan. As they journeyed into the jungle they encountered a host of other animals like the snake, Kaa, the giant bear named Baloo and King Louie, the leader of a band on monkeys.
BIG FISH the musical was performed by the Grade 4 students. It was based on the 1998 novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions and its film adaptation released in 2003. Big Fish is a story about a father and his son and the son’s quest for what is behind his father’s tall stories about his teenage years, a witch, a giant and the love of his life. The story shifts between two timelines which meet when Will discovers his father’s secret.
The Grade 5 tackled the story of an all-girl singing trio in the musical DREAMGIRLS. The play presents the behind-the-scenes-reality of the entertainment industry that many aspire to be a part of. It tells the story of Effie, the lead singer of the group, her downfall and her recovery as a solo performer. It showcased popular songs like Jennifer Hudson’s And I am Telling You I’m not Going and One Night Only.
The Grade 6 students opted for a more upbeat presentation – GREASE. It is set in Rydell High School in the 1950s. The heart of the play is the story of love between Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski which started in summer and bloomed during their senior year. It contains danceable music like You’re the One that I want, Greased Lightnin and We Go Together.
The Jungle Book Kids won as Best Production in the primary level. Ms. Mia Gabriel, director of Jungle Book Kids, was chosen as Best Director. In the intermediate level, Grease was declared Best Production with its director Ms. Kristine Zablan winning the Best Director award.