The Family Day Weekend seemed to do the staff and students a world of good as everyone has come back with renewed energy and high spirits. This week the staff and students in our elementary classes have been creating original pieces of work these past 4 days with Quest Theatre, our guest Artist in Residence. Each grade, from k through 6, was assigned a cultural story, from which they created their drama piece, using their own ideas, with a professional actor. Some staff have taken on roles as well in the piece. The wonderful thing about this
experience is that it tied in beautifully with our continued focus on celebrating the diversity of our school community as each performance piece highlighted the importance of having respect, embracing diversity and the necessity of cultivating acceptance and understanding.
Three stories were gifted by the Blackfoot tribe to Quest to use to enhance our learning of First Nations history and culture. One of the professional actors is also from the Blackfoot tribe. There were other stories as well, originated from Japan, China, France, Alaska, Ukraine, and Africa.
Students worked with the actors twice a day, for the past three days. This residency provided students the chance to create, imagine, collaborate, self-discover, and transform their knowledge into an art form. Students also learnt about staging, music cues, basic costuming, games, acting exercise and rehearsing. We are confident that this is something they will remember for a long time.