For the past month, I've been working with a zillion 5th graders in their annual Shakespeare performance. Hand down a wonderful fun filled evening with talented, sweet, hardworking kids. They performed several condensed plays (MacBeth, Midsummer Nights Dream, Taming of the Shrew) and scenes (Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet). There were lines to memorize, blocking to be worked out, real acting to be done, complicated set changes, sound systems with microphones that needed to be moved on and off set, costume changes, hair and makeup, lighting, props - everything a theater needs to do to pull of a show. And these kids did it all. A talented bunch that cast and crew.
The great thing about kids is if you give them a little guidance and structure, expect great things of them, and let them take ownership of their work, they will far exceed your greatest expectations. Simply put, these kids rocked!!!