It is that time of year when the fifth graders in the Canton elementary schools start putting on their annual plays. The first of those is the John F. Kennedy School, where students will be performing Mything Links.
It is a lot of work but there is a lot of reward. For some students, this may be the only time they get on stage. For others, this exposure is their first bite of the acting bug and they are opened up to a whole new world. Regardless of whether the students go on to be performers or whether this is a one-time experience, it is an experience they can draw on for the rest of their lives.
It involves teamwork, in working as part of a cast, homework in memorizing lines and songs, overcoming stage fright and learning to speak in front of a large, live audience. These are skills that can be used and drawn upon forever. It is impressive to see what 10 year-olds can pull off when they work together.
The Fifth Grade Plays in Canton are quality performances. They are not a typical kids play where the lines are fed to them and it is done during school. They are performed on the "big stage" at Canton High, with sound, lights and the works.
This weekend, Canton's John F. Kennedy School fifth graders will perform Mything Links on Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Canton High's Morse Auditorium. Mything Links is a musical version of the Greek myth "The Odyssey".
If you are looking for something fun and different to do with your kids this January weekend, consider taking in one of the two performances of Mything Links put on by Canton's Kennedy School 5th graders. And stay tuned for news about the next school play!
Break a leg to the cast and crew!