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Parkwood Middle's living museum brings characters to life

Student participants in the living museum take time for a Kodak moment. Pictured, from left, are Nicole DePietro, Abbie Keenan, Stephen Brown, Melody Howe, Andrew Parker, Taylor Hettinger, Carolyn Daly and Kylie Brooks. Seated are Gracie Gilliard, Avery Arthur and Abby Ball.

Captain Jack Sparrow, Rocky, the Queen of Hearts and Catwoman are only three of the 10 fictional characters students were able to hear during Parkwood Middle School’s recent living museum.  

Performing in the media center for the duration of the school day, Nicole DePietro’s eighth-grade Advanced Drama Class students recited character monologues to museum visitors.

“A living museum is like walking into a book and watching the characters come alive,” said eighth-grade student Taylor Hettinger who portrayed Cruella De Vil.  

Students approached the various characters, said the word “play,” and the performers came alive and delivered their monologues.

Teachers from all grade levels could reserve a 10-minute time slot to bring their students to the media center via a shared Google Document with staff.   

For more than a month, the students learned about their characters by applying elements of research and characterization skills, aligned with the middle school English Language Arts curriculum standards.

The students memorized their monologues and gathered materials for their costumes.  

“It can be a little tiring, but it is lots of fun,” said eighth-grade student Andrew Parker.

This is the second time this school year that students have presented a living museum. In the fall, historical figures and fictional characters were highlighted.

“I am really impressed with the students and their ability to perform in such close proximity to their audience because that can be very intimidating,” said DePietro, who also serves as the school’s theater sponsor.  

Student participants in the living museum were on stage again in May for Parkwood Middle School’s production of SHREK, held at the Parkwood High School Auditorium.

Written by: Becky Swiger
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Technology Services
Posted: May 26, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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