Whales produced and performed their first play of the year last week! Adoring audience members from the Shark, Dolphin and Otters classes sat rapt as they watched their Whale friends re-tell the classic story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
Whale students spent weeks exploring different versions of the tale. They studied the elements of the story, picking out the characters, setting, and beginning middle and end. They focused on the problems and solutions in the story and concluded that Goldilocks left an awful lot of problems unresolved. Whales read the story out loud together, practiced telling the story with puppets, and sang the story in song.
They engineered a new chair for baby bear at Engineering Carpet, working in teams to plan, construct and test a chair that could hold their own weight.
The Whales made porridge (with lots of honey) and found that the majority of students liked it, and it was “just like oatmeal!”
In preparation for the play, Whales created props and backdrops, chose costumes and worked together as stage hands to move heavy items in creative play, allowing room for the actors to perform. The final performance asked the Whales to stretch their skills in collaboration, compromise, planning, storytelling, and public speaking. It was a smashing success!
Photos of the process and production can be found below. To view a video of the final play, please visit the “Watch and Listen” tab above.