On the Journey
news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
Life Lessons of Play Week
Posted 04/26/2016 10:04AM
Play Week, deconstructed
in the whirlwind, take a moment
to consider the meaning of memories
Many experiences combine to
make the Country Day journey. Being in the play -- not just in Eighth Grade, but from PreKindergarten on up -- is often a defining memory for ACDS graduates. It takes courage to sing and dance on a big stage in front of so many grownups. You're standing in the wings, about to go onstage. Butterflies strike! But you look around at your classmates, and you're all counting on each other, and so you go out there and give it your best.
Parents, the smiles you'll see on the faces of your performers this Friday (at 6 pm) and Saturday (at 5 pm) are well earned. They come from the confidence built up over weeks of practice. Smiles come from the joy of teamwork, and often, from successfully overcoming stage fright. As the same alum told us in an interview last week, "I had to get out of my comfort zone to excel."
Play week is a busy combo of rehearsals, class time, and, for Third-Seventh Graders, quiet hours of ERB standardized tests. There are a lot of logistics for teachers, children, and parents to handle. When you are dropping your children off at the stage door or taking your seat in the audience, maybe take a moment to look around and consider: there are memories being built here, and real skills, too. Years later, they will draw upon this experience as they join a seminar discussion in college, lead a team workout, or present a business plan to a boardroom. Performance & confidence: all part of the Country Day journey.
Resource: all about play week on our website
Resource: aspenshowtix box office; new tickets released recently
Resource: handy one-sheet calendar, play week day by day