Montessori at MVM Thursday 5/12/16
Deepening Our Collective Understanding
Dear MVM Families,
Enjoy learning more about our drama program and see how students who participated in drama while at MVM truly are able to take lead roles in high school and beyond.
Tribute to Drama
We received this letter last month:
...Last Wednesday, I got to go with the Upper Elementary and the Middle School to see Urbana High’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Seeing so many former MVMS kids on stage and filling the tech booth reminded me that, here at the end of a many year run with MVMS drama, I wanted to express my deep gratitude to all involved.
I’ve seen the drama program take several different forms--all terrific!, but its current incarnation helps our school truly shine. Ms. Shannon--with the help of Ms. Julie Hayn and a host of parent volunteers--has created a drama program where the students are in charge.
Sure, the adults choose the shows and set the schedule, but otherwise we are there to guide the children. They are allowed to make mistakes, to put off learning their lines until the last minute--and then they are held accountable. Our drama students are learning time management and teamwork even as they are learning to act, to run a light board, to manage a backstage crew.
As MVMS is a school with no sports programs, drama gives our kids a way to connect with their new high schools. Even if they don’t plan on becoming “drama geeks,” they know they have something extracurricular they can do, something they have even more experience with than the other freshmen.
No other elementary or middle schools have a theater like ours--lights, sound, effects, the costume closet of any director’s dreams! Our drama students learn how to use those things and they can join a high school drama department with confidence.
When you see one of those terrific plays, you can see that the kids are learning to speak in public, to sing in front of an audience, to memorize text, but I wanted to be sure everyone knew how much richer it really is, and how lucky I’ve been to be a part of it.
Behind the scenes, the tech crew is made up largely of MVM graduates: Cody Bridges, Ben Coyne, Nick Schaffer, Noah Rood, Ben Greenberg, Audrey Hayn).
Here are some MVM grads who make us proud:
Albert Coyne- Ohio State University, Majoring in Theater
Krista Hastings- Boston Conservatory, Full Scholarship, Majoring in Voice
Juliana Lynch-Participate in Several Urbana productions, Show Choir
Connor Cochran-Emory University, Majoring in Music
River Furlow-Hood College
Nikki Zimmerman & Alana Henson: Barbara Ingram School for the Arts http://barbaraingramfoundation.org/