James and the Giant Peach Jr. at Ware Elementary

Working on the musical, James and the Giant Peach teaches kids more than singing, acting, and dancing.  While those talents are certainly the focus on many days during rehearsal, students also learn a wide variety of skills related to creative thinking and problem-solving skills.  Throughout the past three months, students have learned the importance of accountability and how important their role is to the whole group and how their actions affect the overall outcome.  

To support the skill of accountability, students also learn dedication and focus.  They learn how crucial their attendance is and how to develop effective rehearsal practices to deliver a successful show.  

Whether a students’ role in the musical consists of being on stage, opening and closing the curtain, managing props or playing the music, they learn to develop confidence.  The show teaches kids to have self-confidence by learning from their mistakes through practice and self-reflection, discussion and revising their practice.

Another important skill taught through the course of this production is body language.  While on stage, kids have learned the significance of effective body language to convey different emotions.  This is connected to the social interactions of their daily lives.  In addition to the use of effective body language, receiving constructive feedback has helped students to refine their singing, acting, and dancing.  Receiving criticism is something that many people struggle with but by participating in the musical, children learn that feedback is just another part of the learning process, not something that should be taken personally.

Join Ware Elementary School in supporting 4th and 5th-grade students, by sharing this post, as they present their 3rd annual musical, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.”

A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, James and the Giant Peach JR. is a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. The musical was adapted to be performed by students by educational musical theater firm iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

James and the Giant Peach Jr. is made possible by Music Theater International (MTI).

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