Tenacare Country Day School
Class plays are an important tradition at Tenacre. Throughout the year, students in grades PK-4 preform a play for classmates and parents. In keeping with Tenacre's belief that elementary school is too early to identify stars, all students have significant roles in the performances. When commercial plays are adapted, lead roles are spilt amongst a number of students. With each class play, students gain confidence performing for an audience and become more comfortable speaking in public. In addition to speaking roles, plays often provide opportunities for creative expression through song and dance. Students also collaborate to create scenery in art class. Working together to perfect their performances, students learn valuable lessons about cooperation and teamwork.
Students in Pre-kindergarten through Grade 4 typically perform a play that ties in with their respective curricula. Grade 5 traditionally performs a Shakespeare play in November. In the spring, Grades 5 and 6 perform a musical in which sixth graders take on the lead roles and fifth graders, the supporting roles. See the box below for more information.
Gr. 1 play: "Borreguita and the Coyote"
Tenacre's "The Little Mermaid" Productions (May 2014)
Every May, Tenacre fifth and sixth graders perform a spring musical. The sixth graders take on the lead roles, and fifth graders play the supporting roles. Over the years, students have performed classics such as "The Little Mermaid," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Seussical," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Honk."
During "The Little Mermaid" production last spring, sixth graders also took on responsibility for the tech crew and makeup. This video shows some of the pre-production process and includes interviews with last year's sixth graders. There are also several video clips from the performance.
This year's fifth and sixth graders will perform the Disney Junior version of "The Lion King" in late May.