Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More Than a Play

'Gilgamesh', this year's Summers-Knoll middle school play, is underway. The middle school parts have been cast, the scripts handed out, the teachers are preparing for set design, special effects, and music, and the schedule is taking shape.

We chose 'Gilgamesh' for several reasons. 

First of all, it is the oldest surviving written story on earth, originating in Mesopotamia approximately four thousand years ago. This dovetails nicely with our theme on Ancient Civilizations theme.

Second, it also illuminates our opening Farm-to-Table theme. the middle schoolers have been exploring the connection between farming and civilization: the former enabled the latter to happen--one of the original acts of human genius.

Third, there is plenty of space for lots of SK kids, from kindergarten through eighth grade, to strut their stuff, whether onstage or in the technical and design aspects of the show. 

Fourth, it's a honking good yarn! It has adventures, gods, monsters, mamas, love, friendship, travel, disasters, marriage proposals, miracles, plenty of delicious food, and a twelve-year-old wielding a Nerf axe.

And fifth--there are plenty of opportunities for parent volunteers. We like to spread the wealth as broadly as we can. We already have parent volunteers stepping in to assist with choreography, lighting, and film. We can still use plenty of help, particularly with coordinating costumes and with set construction. Please let me know if you might be interested in taking part. Don't let the kids have all the fun.

We plan to perform 'Gilgamesh' at Summers-Knoll on the evenings of December 13, 14, and 15. 

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