Last year a friend of mine told me about the cardboard plays that her children did that summer and how much they loved it. So when Rachel Matteson posted her line up for 3 cardboard plays for the summer I signed my kids up. They were not so excited about it. Mostly because they are shy and the thought of standing in front of a large group and acting terrified them. I showed them lots of pictures from her website, had them ask their friends about their experience and slowly by the first day they were intrigued.
The play lasts one week. They go for an hour and half where they practice their simple parts, learn a little bit of acting techniques, and create the scenery and props from cardboard. They ate it up and I knew they would. They are always have dramatic play around here, building elaborate things from cardboard and having the times of their lives. When we took them to the live theater of a Christmas Carol at the Hale Center Theater, they were on the edge of their seats with all of it. The effects, the lighting,the costumes, they have named it as one of the highlights of the Christmas season. I knew that this would be the perfect chance for them to be in a play. It was very small-scale, there would only be a few people in the audience, and there was paint and cardboard involved. ( I can hear a cardboard box being cut apart in the other room as we speak….)
They were so sad to see it end. On the last day of the week, they have a dress rehearsal in the morning and then that evening they put on their small performance and enjoys some treats afterwards. They did not want it to end. They have begged for us to do it again next summer… which I will probably agree to because it was sooo good for them.