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Altamont students offer a bit of the bard

Lockwood said that information went out to the students in February describing the various roles they could take on for the play. The students then were able to choose the area they would like to work on, including acting, designing and creating scenery and props, designing and creating costumes, working as stagehands, lighting crew, advertising and in make-up.

"Those who decide to act then went through some auditions to help determine who gets cast for which roles. All of the assignments were given to the students right before winter recess," said Lockwood.

Lockwood said that after winter break the students were impressive in their ability to jump right back into the production process.

As part of learning about Shakespeare, all of the classes have read "The Tempest," as a way to understand the story and get to know the characters.

Several of the crews started their work right away as well. The costume crew, working under fellow fifth-grade teacher Yvette Terplak assisted with costume design through researching period clothing and then began the tedious process of creating the costumes for more than 30 actors.

Fifth-grade teacher Steve Freeman assisted in scenery and props, teaching the students about design.

"It is really a joint effort among all three fifth-grade teachers. The actors have been working with me, staying after school on a regular basis until 5 p.m., learning their lines as well as how to act and move up on a stage. We hope for a good turnout this weekend and invite the entire community to the show," said Lockwood. "It is impressive to see what they have been learning about theater work, learning about William Shakespeare and learning about them and what they are capable of. The students are doing a wonderful job and are showing a dedication beyond the norm."

Performances will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. in the school cafetorium.

Fifth-grade student Randy Kronsberg, who worked on the stage set, said he learned most about what you can accomplish when you work well as a group.

"I helped out painting the scenes. I quite enjoyed it because my friends were there. When we worked together, we got a lot done. When we got done with the jungle it looked like we were actually in the scene.""

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