Anyway, long story short, we pulled it together. The competition took place today, and I'm happy to say that my students got third place in their division! (Groups were divided by school size.) And I think they had a good time with it, too. Special thanks to Glennie for getting the ball rolling with my creativity. Here's an excerpt from our conversation on November 5th:
me: i need a creative idea for a kid's play
Glennie: how are you?
can you base it on a book?
me: that kids who can't really speak english could pull off
8:26 PM should be original
Glennie: winnie the pooh?
me: it's 7 kids
and there's no acting, just.. dramatic reading
Glennie: you have to write it?
me: previous winners have included a lot of kids speaking in groups and singing
when do you need it by
8:27 PM me: tonight.
well i have to have a solid idea tonight
we submit our registration tomorrow for the contest
which includes the kids' names and the title/subject
8:28 PM Glennie: ok, right now all i'm coming up wiht is having masks
of two different colors (two groups of three) who don't like each other for one reason or another
Glennie: and one little kid in a white mask who makes them see that they are pretty when they mix (i.e. red and blue groups make purple) or something
So, with that in mind, here I present to you the final rehearsal of Fu Xing Primary School's "Blue, Yellow, and Red," starring Annie as the Narrator, Marvin and Gavin as Red, Lily and David as Blue, and Dennis and Christina as Yellow. I was way too nervous to film during the actual performance, and I'm way too impatient to wait for the official recording, so the final rehearsal (with mistakes and prop mishaps and all) is what you get. But trust me, you'll get the idea.
And here's a picture of Susan, me, and the Fu Xing Reader's Theater team after the performance.
PS: This post was supposed to go up Wednesday night, after the competition took place Wednesday afternoon, but the video took an eternity to upload, so you're not seeing it until now. Sorry!
PPS: Mom, did I ever thank you for this shirt? If not... thanks. I like it. I wear it a lot. Like to Reader's Theater competitions.