Emotional Engagement in the Show

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      Penny Ryder
      Participant

      On Monday, Alpha Shows visited my school. They are becoming a tradition at my school – last year we saw "Cinderella" and this year we had "Hercules".

      I wasn’t sure what to expect as we headed up the corridor to the senior hall. When we got there we were met by a darkened hall with modern music, a smoke machine, and fancy light show. It raised my expectations immediately, and they were not disappointed once I got my class seated and settled.

      The set was well designed and the costumes effective. I was particularly impressed with how well the show connected with students emotionally. That is the beauty of theatre – it’s not like watching television – it connects with you on a much deeper level. I kept an eye on my students while the show progressed. One of my girls was brought to tears by the scene where Hercules was stolen from his home by the evil Hades. She quickly wiped them away and continued to watch the show. One of my boys had a twinkle in his eyes as Hades fought Hercules. He was swinging punches in his spot trying to help out Hercules as he fought!

      One thing I really loved about the show was that it not only told the story of Hercules, but also presented the message that a true hero is not about outer strength, but comes from the inside.

      What a great start to the new week!

      Thank you,

      Penny Ryder

      http://www.teachingchallenges.blogspot.com

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