For more than ten years, the Elementary Program has been growing and thriving. Last winter, when we began dreaming about the 2016-17 school year, we decided to reach further than ever before. We decided to create an original musical theater production in all of its glory!
And now, our production is in full swing! We have an original adaptation of the Odyssey, twelve original songs, 50 child actors, a truck load of historically accurate props, gorgeous sets, production teams and a cadre of inspired, creative parent volunteers, and the financial support of our Parent Association. Our Odyssey already feels both epic and amazing, even though we're still more than three weeks away from our performance on Feb. 10.
In the classrooms, we are rehearsing multiple times a week and have begun the serious work of creating sets, costumes and props for our play. Theater has the power to transform lives in a very real sense. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in professional theater in Washington, D.C, and on Cape Cod. During that time, I experienced first hand how deeply empowering it is to contribute creatively to a communal artistic effort. With our students, as well, I can see a growing sense of ownership, confidence, ease and leadership. Also, some of our most hesitant actors are blossoming on stage. This is truly a transformative experience for our children and our Elementary community.
Having been with the MCH Elementary Program since its inception, I feel proud that we are ready for such big work. To me, this means that we can continue to feel like a Montessori family with a deeply connected and nurturing community of teachers, families and children, while also offering amazingly enriched experiences to our students.