Students demonstrated their drama skills by putting on SouthPointe School's first musical.
Their musical, called Stone Soup, is about a group of travellers that visit a town and teach them how to make soup from stone. The story brings everyone together, with sharing being the main lesson.
The show in a mini-auditorium was run primarily by four teachers, Kimberly Zapesocki, Jillian Freitag, Caris Gusniowsky and Lisa Hiebert.
“We’re hoping that the drama and the musical theatre catches on with the students so we can offer that program to them yearly,” said Zapesocki.
Their first show was a good start, as they planned to sell four tickets per family, and ended up running out. They plan to move their show to the gym in following years, as the location is more accommodating for larger crowds.
They first began rehearsing in January. The cast would get together twice a week during lunch hours, and then later added an after-school rehearsal once a week.
“I get to spend time with my friends and the teachers, and it’s just really fun to act,” said Will Simpson, who played Traveller #1.
Simpson was one of approximately 20 students who were actors in the show. An additional 15 helped out behind the scenes with props and sets. The students ranged from grades 3-6.
The parents also played a role in helping with the show. The students told their their parents what time period their costumes needed to be from, and the parents helped them make the outfits for the show.
Since they didn’t have to pay for costumes, the entire show only cost about $50, which was spent buying the rights to the show.
“We’ve had a wonderful time,” Zapesocki said. “We’re really pleased with the effort and the commitment that the students and the parents have put into this.”