"Oh, I Guess the Show is Over"

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It's always so interesting to see how the Nurseryers take on the challenge of more and more complex group process to match what they want to accomplish together. Lately they have been using our set of hollow hard wood blocks as a backdrop for their plays. One afternoon in December, while the others finished eating lunch, one child used all of the Nursery big blocks to build a huge stage and announced that there would be a play after lunch. Later there indeed was a play and and one that they wanted me to write down.

Included here are not only the written words of their play, but also notes recording some of their process as they worked out the rough spots. First the process:

Child 1:     It's called "Mighty Pups Ready for Mighty Action!"
Child 2:     playing piano accompaniment
Child 3:     announcing, "I'm Sky."
                 "Mighty Pups ready for mighty action!
                 We're here to save the world!"
Child 4:     singing and dancing….
                 "And now we begin!"
Child 1:     "No, no. You don't sing… you just play!"
Child 3:     "Oh… I guess the show is over….
                  pausing she begins to leave….
Child 2:     "Ruff-ruff, ruff-ruff, ruff-ruff…."     
                 barking insistently to bring them back together….
Child 3:     returning...
                 "Ruff-ruff."
All:            joined in pup chorus…
                 "Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff…."
Child 5:     "Tornado… take cover!"
Child 3 and 4 and 5:     
                 dancing….
                 "Ready to dance, ready to dance…."
Child 1:     "No. Don't dance. No, it's a show that talks."

At this point, one-by-one, the other actors simply leave the stage for the circle table where one other child has been observing. They all quietly begin drawing.
Child 1 has lost his players.

I watch him as he makes the realization that, in order for the show to go on, he will have to let go of the kind of control he would like. He begins to work hard to get them back.

"Guys guys... come back... come back!"

He begins enthusiastically talking about the play, focusing on the story line that they were all developing and on their characters.

This whole time, I have been sitting watching and taking notes in the chair they gave me to be part of their audience. As they come back over, they notice that I have a pencil and paper and ask me what I'm writing. I tell them I've been writing down some of their ideas. Child 3 suggests I should write down their words for the play. I tell them I could do that. And if they want me to I could be the narrator in their play.

"What's a narrator."

I tell them it's the person who reads words the actors have written in order to tell their story while the actors act and say their lines. They think that is a good idea.
The child who had been observing from the circle table comes over to join with the rest and be in the play. I ask who they will each be in their play so I can write that down too. They already have the title!

Here is their play… these are their words written in fine collaboration. It was enthusiastically performed two times on the afternoon of Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Mighty Pups Ready for Mighty Action

CAST:
Child 1………………. Chase
Child 2………………. Zooma
                               also plays music for the play
Child 3………………. Sky
Child 4………………. Another Sky
Child 5………………. Another Sky
Child 6………………. Marshall
Teacher/scribe  …. Narrator + Rider
*Note: Rider is portrayed by a picture posted on the wall

PLAYWRIGHTS:
The Nurseries…
*Note: Child 1 suggested playwrights should be written down as all of them… The Nurseries... and this was agreed upon by the entire group.

Narrator:         "The beginning of the story is when the pups are playing on
                         the field. And then the tornado comes and Rider calls the
                         pups."
Narrator/Rider: "Paw Patrol to the look-out."
All the pups:    "Rider needs us. All pups into action!"
All the pups:    "Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff…."
Narrator:          "Paw Patrol was playing volley-ball and lava comes and Rider
                         called the pups.
Narrator/Rider: "Paw Patrol to the look-out."
All the pups:    "Rider needs us. All pups into action!"
All the pups:    "Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff…."
Narrator:          "The pups went out at the playground one day and there was
                           a terrible storm and they had to go home."
Narrator/Rider:  "Paw Patrol to the look-out."
All the pups:     "Rider needs us. All pups into action!"
All the pups:     "Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff. Ruff-ruff…."
Narrator:          "The robot shoots the metal net on Chase. Chase gets out of
                           the trap with his super speed."
Narrator:          "Sky finds a shovel and when Rider calls the pups, the robot
                           traps the metal net on Another Sky. She got a sword and she
                           flies back with her mighty wings."
Narrator:          "It ends when the robot has no use for the powers and the
                           robot breaks apart. Mayor Humdinger's nephew Gerald was
                           controlling the robot."
 
The End

This is their process and their play... with the rough spots, limit setting, problem solving, compromise, and collaboration along the way!

Remarkable.

Enjoy!

Ann

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