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Peaks Students Add Plays to After-School Repertoire

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Peaks Students Add Plays to After-School Repertoire
Posted on 05/23/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Peaks Students Add Plays to After-School RepertoireThe Peaks Island Elementary School’s “After School Academy” recently hosted and performed an evening of community theater with a series of plays this spring.

The academy is a free, after-school enrichment program for every student at PIES. The academy began last fall in collaboration with Portland Recreation, the Peaks Island Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and several island non-profit organizations.

The evening of theater began with PIES’ youngest performers.  Students in kindergarten through second grade, joined by a dedicated troupe of actors from the Peaks Island Children’s’ Workshop, performed a funny, heartwarming rendition of “Where the Wild Things Are,” with the workshop kids filling in the cast of Wild Things.

The third- and fourth-grade students staged a lively adaptation of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” The majority of students in those two grades took part in the staging of this well-known story, as well as creating the sets and costumes for the play.

The evening’s finale was an original play written and performed by the entire fifth-grade class. “The Mystery of The Missing Cheese” was a clever compilation of the children’s ideas crafted into a multimedia mystery comedy. Their classroom teacher, Kelly Mascolo, even made a cameo appearance in the show.

Celeste Bridgford, director of the Peaks Island Children’s Workshop, and parents of fifth-graders worked tirelessly with the class in writing and then producing the play with the students. Credit also goes to After School Academy Director Jonathan Downs and a group of dedicated community volunteers, Kathryn and Olywn Moxhay, Kathy Simmonds and Will Crosby. The plays were performed flawlessly to a standing-room-only community crowd at PIES on April 8.

Other programs offered under the umbrella of the After School Academy have included Lego Robotics; a two-day environmental arts activity in conjunction with an International Coastal Cleanup event in September; and a program called “Island Adventurers,” which got students out into the community to explore and learn about the island.
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