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Washington Students Embark on Theatrical Experience

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 Memorial Fund.

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.

The 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.

According 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 end."

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
October 30, 2008