Each spring we present our kindergarten class with their biggest challenge – the kindergarten play! This experience elicits a range of emotions from excitement to nervousness, and everything in between. A week into play practice, we are already beginning to see the magic of sharing in this theatrical endeavor together. Our budding actors have found that the Crane stage is a safe place to try something new and have a little fun.
When I was a student at Crane, taking the stage was difficult for me. I was not naturally drawn to the stage, blessed with a beautiful singing voice, or a fan of being the center of attention. On the plus side this meant I had endless room for growth. I remember struggling through a class play every year, but those performances are among my most vivid memories. I remember loving the post-play thrill when all of your hard work had paid off and you accomplished something great together. When I run into other Crane alumni they are quick to ask if our drama program still exists because each experience on stage at Crane has left a lasting impact.
There is a reason that we all still remember the parts we played many years ago. Performances challenge students to develop their public speaking skills, flexibility, confidence, and friendships. Even the nerves and excitement we feel help us learn to manage our emotions and persevere. In kindergarten, we ask students to reflect on their progress and the experience as a whole through classroom discussions following our time on stage. Just this week a wise kindergartner said, “I am pretty excited about getting my costume and being on stage, but I’m realizing that I need to practice my lines a lot more than I am at home!” A few days later, that same student was recognizing cue lines and delivering his own lines with newfound confidence.
On Thursday, April 27th, at 6 p.m. we hope you will join us in Cate Hall for The Rainbow Fish. Gaining inspiration from the beloved children’s book, this play will be an original Crane kindergarten rendition full of show stopping songs with memories that will last a lifetime!