Although we really miss our children and Gingersnap, I cannot believe that the week is over here at Thespian Festival. The past couple of days have been filled more beneficial classes and experiences than anyone would expect in a week. I took a puppet class from an amazing teacher, I learned about technology in the theatre classroom, I shared ideas with other drama teachers. I even went for a run around the Capitol Building and found a purple gorilla statue.
Tonight, we saw the show The Heights on the main stage. I knew only a little about the show -- Latino community, in the Washington Heights part of NYC, something about winning the lotto -- but I had heard that the music was great and that it was a high energy show. What an understatement!!! The music is really fun: Latin hip-hop/rap mixed with more traditional ballads. These particular kids danced their butts off. The singers were incredible and their show was spectacular. My students LOVED it.
Afterward, Mike and I went on a hunt for ice cream with a few of the kids. 5 miles later -- it happens, ya know -- we found a place cleverly called "Ivanna Cone" that made its own ice cream and formed waffle cones hot off the waffle maker. De. Lish.
And now...it's almost midnight. My roommate is packing her bags, gearing up for a train ride to Nevada. My bags are ready for our morning shuttle to the airport. My brain is still attempting to process all the information and techniques I learned this week. Aidan, Gabrielle, and Liam are ready to come home. Gingersnap is probably still staring at the guinea pigs at our friends' house where she has been staying for the week.
The next step is apply the knowledge and ideas I've gleaned this week to my theatre classroom and stage. I've already made plans to participate at our state thespian conference and have my students compete in the individual events. (Successful placement at States lands them a chance to perform at Festival next year.)
And who says teachers don't work over the summer? :)