Mettowee sixth graders to stage play April 10

The public is invited to attend the Mettowee Community School’s sixth grade performance of “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” on Thursday, April 10 at 1 and 7 p.m..

“We hope everyone will come out to enjoy this year’s presentation of the Sixth Grade Play, which has been guided by our very talented director-in-residence John Hadden,” says Mettowee Principal Brooke DeBonis. “I’m especially pleased to announce that this year the sixth graders also participated in the writing of the script.”

In preparation for the three-week residency, Mettawee sixth graders studied the award-winning book “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,” and worked with teacher Patty Lea and parent volunteer Cori Rail to develop a script.  During Hadden’s residency they have been exploring making the book come alive by focusing on performance and the power of the spoken language. Additionally, the students have worked with their teachers of physical education, music and art (Janna Webb, Lisa Hoyt and Amy Helmetag, respectively) to incorporate movement, song and set design. Parent volunteer and artist Heidi Hammell also worked with the students on props and sets.

“This presentation is not intended to be a polished final performance,” stressed Hadden, “But rather the culmination of all our work as a group, investigating all of the different pieces that come together in the development of a dramatic work.”

John Hadden, director, writer, and teaching artist, has been the recipient of many awards and accolades both at home and abroad. He was a founding member of Shakespeare and Co. in Lenox MA, and co-founded Counterpoint Theater of Boston. He is currently the artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Co, and has spent much of his 30 year career bringing the experience of the dramatic arts to children. This is John Hadden’s second theater residency at the Mettawee Community School.

The Mettawee Sixth Grade Theater Residency is supported both by a grant and by generous contributions from the community. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is free and open to the public. For more information please call the Mettawee Community School at 802-645-9009.

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