Point Pleasant pupils learn about putting on plays


March 11, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The play's the thing

Wherein I catch

the conscience of the king.


"Hamlet," by Shakespeare

THE PLAY certainly was the thing for fourth-grade pupils at Point Pleasant Elementary School, who recently participated in a play-building workshop presented by Interact Story Theater of Silver Spring.

Sponsored by the school's PTA and a grant from the state Cultural Arts Foundation, the weeklong workshop emphasized the relationship between writing plays and the acting, staging technique, costume changes, props and timing of a production.

Kathy Wick, reading resource teacher at Point Pleasant, saw the workshop as an opportunity for the pupils to work on writing dialogue, part of the fourth-grade curriculum.

"The workshop hit exactly at the time in the curriculum when the kids are learning to use dialogue in their stories. At this age, their stories include a lot of 'Where are you going?' 'I'm going to the mall,' " Wick said.

By teaming the pupils with a writing and listening partner -- "like Lerner and Loewe," Wick suggested -- pupils were able to understand the purpose of the dialogue.

"They get the idea the dialogue has to go someplace, that it moves the plot," she said.

In addition to improving their writing, the workshop encouraged the pupils to exercise their imaginations with lessons taught by professional actors. In a class dealing with prop transformation, the pupils were asked to use a kitchen egg beater in a scene on an imaginary lake.

"First it was the motor for the boat, then it was a fishing reel. Later it was a fan for someone who was hot," recalled Wick.

"You open this up to the kids and they rise to the occasion. This isn't a paper and pencil task. It was a little like 'An Evening at the Improv,' " she said.

For information on other reading and writing programs at the school, call the school office, 410-222-6425.

'Success Card' fund-raiser

The PTA of Glen Burnie High School is banking on the success of the "Success Card" to help raise money for the school's general fund. For $10, a customer receives a plastic card the size of a credit card that the holder can use to get discounts at area businesses. The discounts include:

Buy one sandwich get one half-price at a local McDonald's.

One dollar off a dozen doughnuts at a local Dunkin' Donuts.

Fifteen percent off any hair or nail services at Hair Unlimited.

Proceeds from the sale of the cards will be used to support educational programs and activities for pupils and families at GBHS.

Order forms are available at the school or by calling PTA President Janet Rose Pogar, 410-768-9556.

Artisans' works displayed

Baskets, primitives, birdhouses, dolls, floral arrangements and folk art.

It's Springtime Splendor at the Schoolhouse when local artisans display their talents at a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, 120 Dorsey Road.

Refreshments will be sold throughout the day.

For information call the school office, 410-768-0250.

Carbon monoxide dangers

"The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide" will be addressed by a speaker from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. at a meeting of the Point Pleasant Shoreland Improvement Association at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.

Also on the agenda is an update on the association's scholarship program, which is accepting applications, and a review of the proposed 1998 budget.

As always, donations of nonperishable food items will be collected for distribution to the needy.

Pub Date: 3/11/98

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