Today, we had all the Chestnut Oak classes in a combined rehearsal for our Winter Program. As the classes walked into the library, one student hid behind the chairs, pouting and refusing to sit with his class in front of the stage. Thinking he was worried about being on stage or singing, I went to talk to him. When I asked him why he was hiding, he said, “I want to go on stage.” I told him that his class was going on stage in five minutes and he needed to sit with them to do so. With a big smile, he jumped up and hopped to be with his class. Whew!
The students wore their costumes, walked on stage, stood on the line, and sang their song. They were so excited to be on stage, talking into the microphone and singing. I recorded their performances and are showing them in music class. The students love to point out their friends and themselves in the video. It helps them understand what the audience sees when they are on stage. Many of them are proud of themselves for singing, for looking at me, and having fun. Good self-esteem there!
I had them singing to puppets in the audience, pretending they were mom and dad. It helped focus their voice and eyes to the middle of the room. Moms, dads, and special friends, the All-Stars, Monkeys, Zebras, and Giraffes are ready for you! See you at our performance next Wednesday the 12th at 11:00am.