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TR Readers' Theater Performs Tale, Hawaiian Style


Ukuleles, hibiscus leis and shaved ices set the stage for a classic tale with a Hawaiian twist when Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School 2nd graders in Ms. Alison Skoczdopole’s class presented The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and The Magic Shark by Donivee Martin Laird.


In Readers’ Theater style, students wore simple costumes of white Hawaiian-themed T-shirts and visors or headbands that depicted the characters the students were portraying. They stood with scripts in hand before a mural of the three pigs and shark playing in the ocean that they helped create under the direction of art teacher Ms. Meredith Brustman.


“Taking books and turning them into scripts is a common strategy used at this grade level to help build reading skills,” said Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Ms. Tami McElwee in her welcoming remarks to parents. “With the Readers’ Theater approach, there isn’t any memorization or elaborate costumes. The focus is on the reading and on interpreting the characters, reading with a little more phrasing and fluency, and with inflection in the voice, which is great for this age.”


Students entertained family and friends with the tone of their voices, their animated expressions and their non-verbal gestures to bring the story to life. The tale moved swiftly as students took turns approaching the microphones and reading their assigned portions of the script.


This performance was the first of five second-grade classes that will present a Readers’ Theater throughout the year. Literacy Coach Ms. Chris Bartell and Library Media Specialist Ms. Roseann Davidson write the script and coordinate the performance, which features a music or dance element that underscores the theme.


For this Readers’ Theater, students broke into three groups and entertained the crowd with limbo dancing, hula dancing and firestick dancing.  After the program, student enjoyed refreshments provided by the PTA.