“We’ve worked so, so hard to get this done and we are so excited,” co-director Tiffany Mitchell, who is a teacher at the school, said.
The other co-director, Rhonda Lunsford, who also works at the school, said the students have been working hard to learn their lines and responsibilities for the play, as well as learning skills and traits that help in and out of the classroom.
The program is part of the Leader in Me program that teaches students skills to be successful in school and in life. Mitchell said Memorial Park is the only elementary school currently doing drama as a part of their program.
According to Mitchell and Lunsford, teachers at the school have already remarked that the students have been better behaved and have begun to exemplify the traits they have been learning in the program. The students in the program this year have been practicing at least twice a week, after school since August, when the school purchased the rights to the Disney play. The 22 students, who range in age from kindergarten to fifth grade, also have to keep their grades up and stay out of trouble.
“This is not just about a play, they are learning life skills,” Mitchell said. “They have to learn to be leaders in the school and in life. We are just so proud of them.”