The class wrote lyrics and rhythms for a song. Ms. De Guzman and I modeled rhythms and then the class repeated a few of them. Then we gave students the opportunity to create their own rhythms. As a class, the students voted on three options they had come up with. It was very positive to see them working as a team to formulate the best song.
The script writing was a multi-step process. First, the students improvised dialogue for the story outline they created. Then they each wrote dialogue for a portion of the show. We collected and compiled the dialogue and pieced it together from their writing. Then we allowed the students to edit the script and give suggestions for the final draft. This process was very successful in creating a sense of ownership and pride for the students in their work. Their writing showed improvement and an enhanced creativity. As they were editing the script the student worked well as a team and that was also very exciting to observe.
The final show presentation will be videotaped on May 21st in the evening. The students have created their own fully staged opera with costumes, sets, props, orchestra and chorus.
Until the video is available, here is a rehearsal video of the opening song for the Fine Arts Performance night.