Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students at the academy will be performing “Three Heroic Americans: Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Paul Revere” at local elementary schools Wednesday and Thursday.
The show tells the stories of the well-known Americans in a narrative mime format.
“The stories will be read and the young people will act them out,” said Jef Lambdin, the drama coordinator at the academy. “There are too many roles and nobody else wanted to read them, so I’m the default reader.”
Lambdin has done a show like this for the last three years, with a different subject matter each time.
“We started doing this to add to the curriculum at CIS Academy,” he said. “Each year we develop a play together but we also make it focus on their curriculum.”
The three famed Americans are part of the language arts and social studies curriculum at CIS. The 18 students will be performing at Deep Branch Elementary on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and Pembroke Elementary on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., and also at Union Chapel Elementary and CIS.
“The students at our middle school will be performing for sometimes their siblings, sometimes cousins — they have a relationship with the children at the schools we will be performing at,” he said.
Lambdin has also been teaching the students to juggle, a skill they will showcase during the pre-show. Lambdin said working on this performance is beneficial to the students.
“We’re learning by doing that you can’t do anything perfectly every time,” he said. “You have to practice it ... We’re also working on group dynamics. ... These are many processes that they will need as adults.”
To schedule a performance, e-mail Lambdin at email@example.com or call (910) 738-8179.