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Lower School Fine Arts Team Use Collaboration, Technology to Stage Musicals Remotely

by Katie O’Neill

Over the years, our Lower School students have spent many months, days and hours preparing for their chance to shine on the Jones Theatre stage in their grade-level musical. From “Wing It!” to “Pirates! The Hidden Treasure,” our Ravens have recited carefully rehearsed dialogue, showed off their joyful dance moves and sung their hearts out for family and friends. Students’ enthusiasm around this year’s performances was every bit as high. 

When Ravenscroft shifted to virtual learning, our first thought was how we were going to capture the hard work of our students to share with everyone, just as if they were having their big moment on the stage. Through collaboration and the magic of technology, music and drama teacher Mary Royall Hight, visual art teacher Amelia Karpowitz, and I have landed on some fun and engaging grade-level appropriate ways to spotlight the students’ work for everyone to see!  

The first- and second-grade musicals will each be created using iMovie. Students have recorded themselves reciting their speaking parts and created artwork that will be shared during the musical interludes. We expect to have those videos ready in May and look forward to sharing them with families. Eventually, we would like to showcase the students themselves singing, but, due to the circumstances, we are pleased to be able to share the results of our students’ hard work and to bring a smile to their faces.  

The fourth-grade students will perform a live table reading of their musical on Zoom, under the direction of Mrs. Hight. Students will get the opportunity to perform their speaking parts live for their classmates, parents and classroom teachers. The performance will be recorded so that friends and family will be able to view it at a later date. If your child is a fourth-grader, please click here for more details and guidelines regarding this virtual performance, taking place Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m.

We are excited to have the opportunity to share all the hard work of our students, although not live and in-person, but virtually for all to see!

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