Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nuclear BAAAA

Today my husband and I had the great pleasure of seeing Elliot's class perform an environmentally-themed play, all in Spanish. The play was called La Oveja Verde (The Green Sheep), and it lasted about 20 minutes. Elliot played "Juan," the younger brother of a boy exposed to nuclear toxins. The production included several sleazy businessmen, two vendors guilty of selling tainted meat to a village, four innocent children, two poisoned sheep (one which became the toxic meat), and a dog who began speaking in Portuguese after his exposure to radiation. My favorite line (besides all of those spoken by Elliot) came from one of the sleazy capitalists, just before he dies and is dragged by an angel to the afterlife his villainy has earned him: "AY! Es el fin!" ("AY! It's the end!") Once the play was over, there were two hip hop dance performances, one by the boys, and one by the girls (both to the same song). Then we got to look closely at each student's environmental poster display (some of which included demonstrations of issues such as the chemistry of flame retardants and the evaporation of Lake Chad in Africa). Elliot's poster was about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. All of the children had worked hard on their presentations and were eager to share what they knew with the parents of their classmates.

Elliot is often tight-lipped about what he's working on in school; we didn't really know just how much research and rehearsing he and his friends had been doing. Needless to say, we were incredibly proud of him, and just plain impressed by the whole group.

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