6th/7th/8th Grades' Play: "The Velveteen Rabbit"

Class plays in the Waldorf school serve many purposes. Through our annual class plays, beginning in first grade, we build many skills. In the lower grades we recite our plays mostly in unison and through a deep sense of meter. This process of learning is proven to create myelin—a necessity for healthy neuron communication. Through the process of recitation and memorization the students acquire skills which can be built on as they grow, culminating in wonderful dramatic productions in the middle school years.

This year our 6th, 7th and 8th grade class presented "The Velveteen Rabbit"—the beloved childhood story of a stuffed rabbit and his wish to become real to his little boy owner. In our abbreviated version we visited the boy, the toy closet, and a forest with "real" rabbits, too! We hope everyone who was able to attend enjoyed this presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit.

Special thanks to Mrs. Ecklund, Mrs. Moretti, and Mrs. Fiskum for costume support, to Mrs. Kraus for creating the program, and to all of our wonderful parents that recited lines with us, drove us here, listened to all of our whining, and still kept their cool the whole while! Special thanks to Molly Tomei for giving us beautiful lighting, and to Richmond Memorial Hall for the use of their space! And finally, congratulations to the students who did a wonderful job bringing the story to life!

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Morgan Branson
Morgan Branson
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