William Bennet, former U.S. Secretary of Education, once said, “The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic… Music, dance, painting and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” At RMS we understand the importance of music and drama, and how crucial it is to encourage our students to use their imagination, creativity and self-expression. Therefore, most of our programs and activities are geared to promote these valuable skills.
Last month, students from a Prep-ONE class (Senior Kindergarten level class) presented a play entitled, “The Three Little Pigs.” This is a popular fable about three pigs who went to build homes of their own upon leaving their mother’s house: one made of straw, one made of sticks, and the last home made of bricks. A big bad wolf blew down the first two houses made of straw and sticks, but was not able to blow down the house made of bricks.
The students took pride and pleasure in preparing their lines, songs, actions, and props. Each student was afforded the opportunity to contribute their vision for the play and put it into action. During their Music and Drama period, they would go to their assigned groups to work on their presentation. After much practice, the Prep-ONEs were ready to showcase their version of “The Three Little Pigs” to the staff and parents, who thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
These Prep-ONEs were delighted by the response they received from their audience, and the students felt very proud of their performances. As they took their bows, the Prep-ONEs walked away not only feeling a sense of accomplishment from their great performance, but also realizing that dedication, diligence, and co-operation are bound to reap rewarding results of sweet success!
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