Cedar Springs Waldorf School sixth grade students invite the community to enjoy an outdoor performance of their play “Light in the Darkness” on Saturday, May 3 at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville.
The play “Light in the Darkness: Astronomers and their journey toward the Truth” is based on a series of four individual plays that were written by Creative Educational Systems in 2001.
The students, in conjunction with their studies of astronomy and the biographies of these astronomers, were divided into writing/editing groups and revised the scripts based on their understanding of these important influences in the world of scientific discovery.
The whole class made recommendations as to what text would be needed to weave each script together into one play.
The astronomers who are covered by the play are: Ptolemy (85-165), Copernicus (1473-1543), Galileo (1564-1642) and Newton (1643-1727).
The writing groups were: Ptolemy: Colleen Bandle, Gabriel Cherrington, Talon Krieger and Aidan Robinson; Copernicus: Fergus Day, Martin Ness and Tera Nicita; Galileo: Kellan Barney, Will Hester, Myles Lacher and Julian Vazquez; and Newton: Elle Bumgarner, McKayla Mayhew, Amanda Rounds and Corbin Schaeffer.
There are four narrators that guide the audience through a span of 1,642 years.
Sixth grade teacher, Amy Elder, wove together all of the changes and typed the final version of the script for the students.
“The students have taken the work on this play very seriously. The theme that runs throughout this play is being true to yourself, your ideals and beliefs. It was a daunting challenge to come up with the perfect play for these students; they are a class of strong, independent thinkers. I came up with the idea to have them revise these plays and take ownership for the work. It has been just the right gesture to meet the burgeoning strength and intelligence that the sixth grader possesses. We, as Waldorf teachers, are always looking for the rightful outlet for this impulse in the middle school. They are deeply capable individuals who can begin to take up their own work in relationship to their studies with the proper guidance and encouragement,” said Elder.
CSWS has provided academic excellence for more than 24 years serving children from six months through eighth grade. Through hands-on learning in a nurturing environment, CSWS students develop an ability to be independent, to problem solve and to apply their learning in practical and meaningful ways. A comprehensive education is offered with rigorous and developmentally appropriate math, science, and language arts curriculum that engages the developing child.
Cedar Springs Waldorf School addresses the whole child, serving intellectual, physical and emotional development. Foreign language, instrumental music, woodworking and gardening also supplement the enriched CSWS curriculum. Students at CSWS experience hands-on and inspiring academics on the lovely 5-acre wooded campus conveniently located between Placerville and Shingle Springs.
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