Mission Road performance tides over school
by Mark Andrews
Mar 08, 2012 | 1119 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students operated puppets depicting and sang songs relating to oceanic life during Tuesday’s performance. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
Students operated puppets depicting and sang songs relating to oceanic life during Tuesday’s performance. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
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Mission Road Elementary School fifth-graders on Tuesday showed off their art and performance skills during the school's annual puppet show and musical, which featured an oceanic theme.

"We made homemade puppets out of scraps like cardboard and things like that, and we used papier mâché to cover it up and then we spray-painted it," student Caroline Higdon said.

Art Teacher Jan Johnston said fifth-graders have been working toward the show for weeks, collaborating with Music Teacher Carol Nelson to provide an entertaining and educational performance on sea creatures to younger students.

"If you think I only have them 50 minutes once a week, it would be about six weeks because we really only actually have a half an hour of work time, so an actual puppet would take about three hours to make," she said of the 3D design unit.

Students were encouraged to be creative in the process; for example, Higdon used bottle caps to emulate suction cups on a squid's tentacles.

"I liked putting [the puppets] together because it was kind of fun making your own design and I liked controlling [the puppets] because when you got behind [the set] you were beside your friends and could do cool stuff with [the puppets]," student Benjamin Ammons said.

However, while Ammons said preparing for the show was fun, he said the work wasn't easy.

"The hardest part was probably making the puppets or memorizing when to [exit during the performance]," Ammons said.