On the day of our final performance, we had around 500 parents, students and school teachers watching us.
International School of Stavanger, Norway – Sandy Landis
GO FOR GOLD by Gawen Robinson and SHAKESPEARE ROCKS! by Steve Titford
Duration of rehearsal: Ten weeks of three meetings a week.
Process: Our primary drama team tends to choose texts written for primary children which always focus on a current event or on an issue that is relevant for children of that age group. Last spring our primary school produced Go for gold, a children’s musical inspired by the World Cup, an event dominating the news at the time of production. The text is available from Musicline and has flexible casting and minimal production demands. The rehearsal period was approximately ten weeks with two to three meetings a week. Our goal was to get kids thinking and talking and provide them with opportunities to express themselves and learn in the process.
This year, we produced Shakespeare rocks!, a musical exploring the life and plays of William Shakespeare. This production provided a foundational experience to prepare students for a Shakespeare festival that we will be hosting school-wide this spring. The text is available from Musicline and has flexible casting and minimal production demands. The rehearsal period is approximately ten weeks with two to three meetings a week.
Most rewarding aspect: Seeing students who are given opportunities to take risks take them. Seeing students who are given opportunities to shine use them.