This is the school after school drama club. It’s full of forty-eight second through fifth graders, heavy on the second graders. This year we are performing “Mowgli, Boy of the Jungle (AKA Jungle Book).
We are working on bringing our “A Game.” This is our motto thanks to a fifth grader. She has a major part and yet was blowing off her commitment and last week, I called her on it. The next rehearsal, she brought up the idea of bringing the “A-Game.”
I have been part of the drama club for over ten years. Until 2010, my friend, Shirley co-directed with me. This is what I know about drama club:
~ it provides a venue for those kids who don’t always fit in.
~ it teaches kids how to memorize parts and how to be part of a team in a non-sports venue.
~ it boosts confidence.
~ it’s a place for those kids who don’t always succeed in school. Some of these kids go for additional reading help.
~ it’s the arts and students don’t get enough of the arts anymore.
~it builds community.
~it’s a positive for some kids! those who may have challenges during the regular school day
It makes my heart happy to see the transformations in some of the kids. Some are greater than others. And what’s really neat is the students who were in drama and return to see what we are doing each year.
It’s game on with our “A Game.”