On Oct. 2, fifth graders at Washington School for
Comprehensive Literacy went on an educational field trip to Milwaukee's
First Stage Children's Theatre -- In-school Teacher Academy. The
English Language Learners (ELL) outing was sponsored by the Tracy Cline
The children were literally on the edges of their seats as they watched a performance of "Gossamer" by Lois Lowry.
"The fifth grade students enjoyed the one and a half hour performance," said June Carstens, ELL teacher.
stage is filled with good dreams that are delivered quietly and
intentionally to ward off the nightmares that people may have about the
realities in their lives that are not so pleasant.
to the director's notes, the story addressed "What am I? What is my
place in the world? How do I navigate through the challenges,
nightmares and fears of everyone's life?" These questions were answered
throughout the performances of children and adult actors ranging in age
from fourth grade on up.
"It was a
great performance for fifth graders to be introduced to," said
Carstens. "Of course the good dreams win over the nightmares in the