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Pasadena Elementary Students To Perform Original Play

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Over two weeks, a committee of five Pasadena Elementary School fifth-grade students met during lunch to write an outline for their class play.

With the help of library media specialist Ann Dahlheim, the five students were able to work all of their ideas into a three-act play. The “committee of five” was Brian Auman, Makayla Collins, Lucas Henry, Hannah Stahl and Caitlyn Zabko.

After the five students completed the outline, they gave it to Addison Clift, another fifth-grader who is good at writing, and she followed the outline to write the dialogue.

The plot is loosely based on “The Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne, a popular book choice among Pasadena Elementary students.

“I keep pushing them to tell me what [they] want to do,” Dahlheim said. “Somehow, after the first discussion, they decided they wanted to write a play about time travel.”

The play, called “The Mysterious Cloaks of Time,” follows four kids as they go on a scavenger hunt through history. They travel back to six different moments in time, and when they arrive at each scene, a spirit who is traveling with them tells them what specific artifact they need to find and photograph.

The six different moments in history are meeting Shakespeare; traveling back to ancient Greece to meet Archimedes; getting on the Titanic; going to Jackie Robinson’s first game with the Dodgers at Ebbets Field; visiting Neil Armstrong on the moon; going to Ford’s Theatre the night Abraham Lincoln was shot; and arriving in New York City on 9/11.

“It was over two weeks the basic idea evolved,” Dahlheim said. “They were just shooting ideas out and talking about who could do what, and it just emerged.”

There are 25 students acting in the play from the fourth- and fifth-grade classes. However, only fifth-grade students were involved in outlining and writing the play.

“Watching them grow and develop their character, and come to understand what it’s like to stand up in front of a bunch of people and make an absolute fool out of yourself because you love doing it, that’s the best part,” Dahlheim said. “Just watching them grow. It’s amazing.”

Rehearsals took place Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:00am before school started. Two of Dahlheim’s former students, who are now at Old Mill Middle School, were able to help at rehearsals in the morning.

“It’s gratifying to see two former students because they don’t have to do this,” Dahlheim said.

After a total of eight rehearsals, students will put on two performances of “The Mysterious Cloaks of Time.” Both performances will be on Thursday, February 22. One performance will be for the school, and the other will be for their parents. Neither performance is open to the public.

“I’m glad to be able to provide this small experience for them,” Dahlheim said. “I want to provide my students with a drama experience of some kind.”

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