Watching a play is one thing, but writing and performing one in front of an audience is another thing entirely. That was the challenge that our third graders were tasked. With their French teachers, Luc and Elodie, as their guides, the third graders embarked on a journey through theater, role play, vocabulary, and moral judgement.
This project was made possible thanks to Monsieur Robert and Gregory Galin. Monsieur Robert, a French actor, organized this theater piece that was performed on Friday, March 15 at the French School of San Francisco. Gregory Galin, a theater instructor and expert, rehearsed with our students once a month and provided them with tips to feel more confident on stage.
Finding the right character on stage
In early January, the students began their the project by writing a play. The theme was centered around sportsmanship, which meant creating a story with a moral lesson related to sports, while simultaneously trying to be funny! After six weeks of hard work, the students successfully managed to write five sketches for each of their two classes.
By the end of February, our actors-to-be began learning their scripts and getting into character. They discovered the importance of projecting their voice on stage, getting into the actor’s mindset and finding or creating theme-appropriate costumes.
Nerves and excitement!
On Tuesday, March 12th, the dress rehearsal took place in San Francisco. Though it was the students’ first encounter with this kind of performance, it was not entirely new to them because they had performed on the same stage once before when they were in second grade for the Choir of the Bay.
Then, on Friday, March 15th D-Day arrived! By 5:45 pm, all actors were present and ready. Some of our students were nervous, but were also excited to be on stage and to be able to perform in front of their parents and their other classmates.
Not only did the audience thoroughly enjoy the show, but our budding actors were overflowing with pride and joy. From collaboration to improvisation, from written comprehension to oral expression, from imagination to creation, our children were able to implement a multitude of diverse skills through this extraordinary theatrical project, from the classroom directly to the stage.
Bravo to all! This will be a night to remember.