Earlier this month, the as part of our inquiry into Celebrations, the Preschool students performed a play about how the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac got their order. The production was a big undertaking for the students as we began learning about the Chinese New Year celebrations in January as part of our inquiry into how New Years is celebrated in different places and cultures. After doing some research on it and watching a few animated YouTube videos about the story, we set about writing our own script for the story. Students worked in small groups with the other animals that they were most likely to interact with, and came up with some dialog. Then together with Mr. Brabant we put some parts of the story together and Mr. Brabant filled in the rest.
Next, we began rehearsing, at least once everyday or two. Most of the students were very enthusiastic about their roles, and then became even more enthusiastic once they made their mask. Aside from cutting the holes for the eyes and the mouth, the masks were made completely by the students! Students also made their own medals for the race and really showed off their creativity when making both the masks and medals!
Once the masks were made, the students started to identify props that they needed to have for use on the stage. Students formed groups and cooperated with others to make the Start and Goal signs, as well as the clouds, rocks, boat and other things. It was great to see them working together to try to solve problems, such as how to get the signs to stand up properly!
Finally, the big day arrived! Mr. Brabant was probably more nervous than the students, as some of our final rehearsals didn't always go as planned, but the students really stepped it up for real performance and put on an amazing performance! Well done Preschool!
You can see the final results of all their hard work in the following video!
If you have trouble hearing what the students are saying, turn on subtitles!