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Intermediate Students Dig into History
with Corbett Prep Production

Students learned geography and history lessons as they rehearsed and performed Dig It!

Students in intermediate classes took audiences on a tour of ancient history with their production of Dig It! From left to right, the All Stars, Navigators and Going Places casts shared their talents on stage in three performances.

Students in intermediate classes took audiences on a tour of ancient history with their production of Dig It! From left to right, the All Stars, Navigators and Going Places casts shared their talents on stage in three performances.

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.

Backstage, drama teacher Todd LeBlanc tells the Going Places cast to stay focused and enjoy themselves.

Backstage, drama teacher Todd LeBlanc tells the Going Places cast to stay focused and enjoy themselves.

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.

The All Stars kicked off the performances of Dig It! Classroom and specials teachers worked together on the show.

The All Stars kicked off the performances of Dig It! Classroom and specials teachers worked together on the show.

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.

The Navigators perform an opening number with the entire cast. Students played characters from ancient civilizations across the world.

The Navigators perform an opening number with the entire cast. Students played characters from ancient civilizations across the world.

 

Going Places students rehearse songs before taking the stage.

Going Places students rehearse songs before taking the stage.

The All Stars act out a legend of how Rome was founded.

The All Stars act out a legend of how Rome was founded.


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Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit www.corbettprep.com or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.