In mid-January 4th grade students explored and shared three very unique scripts. Mrs. Loreen’s class relayed the true story of the hardships and contributions of Chinese immigrants who helped build the first transcontinental railroad that joined up in Utah Territory on May 10, 1869. It was based on the children’s book “Coolies.” Mrs. Kariuki’s class performed “Invasion from Mars” – a science fiction script developed from H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.” Mrs. Anderson’s class delighted students and parents with “Double-tied at the Tracks” – a spoof on the old-fashioned Western “melodrama.” Cowboy narrators helped tell the story of how Dirk Dobad – a nefarious villain from back East – tried to steal property from two orphaned sisters. But never fear [applause], Sheriff Bob and Deputy Bo were able to stop the bad guys in their tracks, save the sisters from an oncoming train, and even “git hitched” at the end.
Lisa Bean, K-5 drama integration coach, adapted/wrote and staged the 5th and 4th grade scripts with support and help from Mrs. Sanford, Mrs. Peterson, Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Loreen, Mrs. Kariuki and Mrs. Anderson. The Nebo School District partners with the “Beverley Taylor Sorenson Elementary Arts Learning Program” to provide unique arts training and experiences for Brockbank teachers and students in dance, drama, music and visual arts.