Monday, May 2, 2016

"Fifties" Is Nifty!

It's truly springtime when our talented Claxton third, fourth, and fifth graders perform in the Spring Production, and we're happy to report that spring 2016 has been rung in with high style by this year's performance of The Nifty Fifties.

Watching the show was a real reminder of the huge benefits of arts-integrated learning. Students memorized lines, learned songs and choreography, understood story structure, practiced working cooperatively, and demonstrated real leadership in making it to rehearsals and performances, taking care of their costumes, and making the show the huge success that it was.

Backstage was great fun too!

Full of great songs, notable costumes, and some incredible acting and singing by our students, The Nifty Fifties was a real treat, and a showing of just how much love and support our teachers and parent volunteers offer. From set design, construction, and painting to costuming, hair and make-up, and backstage supervision, to programs, pictures, and DVD's, this was a real community effort.

And, of course, it couldn't possibly happen without the heroic efforts of Mr. Butler working with the students on their singing and then leading the band for performances, and of Ms. Baldwin once again helming as Director.

This was Ms. Baldwin's final production, as she'll be retiring in December. It was a bittersweet send-off for all, topped by the presentation to Ms. Baldwin of a quilt made of old Claxton tee-shirts, including many from her productions. Ms. Ingle made the beautiful quilt, and the faculty got together to purchase it at the Light the Night Auction. It made the perfect thank you gift.

Our deepest thanks to Ms. Baldwin for all she's done over so many years of Spring Productions, and to everyone who made this year's happen!

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