Friday, December 10, 2010

Lynn Item article about School House Rock production

"Friday, December 10, 2010

Roughly half of the school’s 150 students are participating in the production.

Wrangling a group of more than 70 students from kindergarten to fifth grade is a brave task to take on, but for parent volunteers, Wendy Whitcomb and Shauna Hemenway, the task is as rewarding as it is challenging.

“Seeing the kids faces light up on stage is adorable,” said Whitcomb. “We really want to nurture their talent at a young age and to have them be a part of something.”

Whitcomb and Hemenway volunteered four years ago to start a drama club at the school in an effort to allow the students to get exposed to theatre and the arts while they’re young.

Four years and four productions later, the productions have raised enough money for the school to be able to purchase a new set of stage curtains. “That was a great feeling knowing that we started this club and can now give back and improve the school,” said Hemenway.

But new curtains aren’t the only advantage that has derived from the Lynn Woods Drama Club.

Whitcomb says witnessing the team-building and camaraderie that students engage in during rehearsals is the best part.

“They are learning how to perform, how to talk to each other and are gaining a sense of self-respect and respect for others,” she said. “These kids are pretty young and they"