Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ahoy, Me Mateys

Nightmare sailors, zombie pirates, hypnotizing mermaids, Spiderman...not to mention the tech crew! There is a part for everyone in the sixth and seventh grade play at South View-and the cast is large, with over 60 students taking part in the production. Kudos to all involved!
Ric Dressen @EdinaSuper

The theater is dark, and above the childrens’ heads, a skull and crossbones is shining on the black velvet curtain. There is a language being spoken that one does not usually hear from sixth and seventh graders. Lots of" "arrgghs," "me mateys," "scurvy wenches" and "wee scrogs" are being thrown about. I find myself in the South View theater watching rehearsals for the upcoming play, “The Fearsome Pirate Frank.”

Learning lines with a pirate accent, moving on stage, dealing with hot stage lights and finding just the right costume are some of the things these students have been working on since October. Directors Betsy Madson and Kathleen Hartman work diligently with students to get all the details just right. The professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication of everyone involved brings a smile to my face.

I have experienced all of this first-hand with a sixth grader in her first play. It was great fun to see her so excited when she came home from school and announced she had earned a lead role in the production. Then the preparation began: rehearsals at least twice a week and memorizing all those lines of pirate-speak! 

As opening night approaches, I know that many of these students are getting nervous for their first on-stage experience in front of a live audience. The directors are exhorting students to get plenty of sleep, eat healthy meals and snacks, and use plenty of hand-sanitizer. The make-up will go on, the pirate gear will be donned, and there will be lots of energy backstage as these students prepare to take the stage.

The months of preparation and hard work are about to pay off with performances happening this week in the Dragseth Auditorium at South View. The performances are Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 pm, Friday, December 16 at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 pm. Come support these young new thespians!

Melissa Seeley

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