Intermediate Students Dig into History
with Corbett Prep Production
Students learned geography and history lessons as they rehearsed and performed Dig It!
Dec. 2, 2013 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Third and fourth graders revisited pivotal moments in the history of ancient civilizations in three memorable, musical performances of Dig It! at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS.
All students in the All Stars, Going Places and Navigators classes participated in the production last month, a cooperative effort among Corbett Prep’s drama, dance and musical theatre teachers, classroom teachers and parents. Through Dig It! students took a tour of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece and Rome, learning geography and history lessons while they memorized lines, fine-tuned songs and practiced dances.
In previous years, students performed classic plays such as Peter Pan, Pinocchio and the Wizard of Oz. This year, however, teachers sought out a show that would encourage strong connections to support the concepts students were learning in the classrooms. Drama teacher Todd LeBlanc came across Dig It! and a collection of world history mini-plays that he combined for the Corbett Prep production.
LeBlanc, along with dance and musical theatre teachers Anita and Seth Travaglino, directed the musical with support from the classroom teachers, which was important because the drama teachers usually see children once a week. Music teachers Michael LeBlanc, Barbara McBride and Tom McColley helped with vocals on the songs, and about 30 parents volunteered to work behind-the-scenes on sets, costumes, makeup and more.
“Our community is so amazing that everyone enjoys pitching in to help,” Seth Travaglino said after the final performance, thanking all the participants.
Each intermediate class performed once in front of peers, parents and Corbett Prep staff. Backstage, before the show, the directors reviewed choreography and notes and reminded the student actors to stay focused and keep their energy levels high so audience members would feed off their energy.
“Try not to rush,” Todd LeBlanc told one class before the show. “Try to enjoy the moment and have fun out there.”
Students shared advice with fellow cast-mates, too. Logan, a fourth-grader, said everyone needed to do his or her best to make the most of the experience.
“You only have one chance so you need to speak your words so everyone can hear you,” he said.