“Winter, which, being full of care,
makes summer's welcome thrice more wish'd, more rare.”
It sounded like a great idea to have a 6th-grade musical in the middle of winter. That was before we saw the forecast reminding us of La Niña and a snowstorm worthy of Anchorage hit Hobbs. The audition was postponed twice. Parents called school offices to see if school was canceled and if auditions were canceled - but not necessarily in that order.
This first-ever sixth-grade play had a challenging start. However, it taught the students a valuable lesson about an old saying of the theatre: the show must go on. We are not promised a warm summer every day of our life. We will wake up some days and have plenty of snow and ice to choreograph our way through. This is what the arts teach the student. The show must go on. After the snow and ice melt away, you still have to show up. You still have to do your best. You still have to attempt excellence and leave it all on the stage.
The teachers have been very impressed by the maturity and poise of the Theatre Studio Class that cast and directed the play. We thank the music teachers and drama teachers that helped structure the rehearsals to set sixth-grade actors up for success. And most importantly we thank the sixth graders for showing up and doing their best every day. We hope you enjoyed “Shake with a Zombie.” It demonstrated the first major collaboration between the elementary and secondary fine arts departments.
If you have any questions about the Elementary Fine Arts Program you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in the arts.
Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator
Hobbs Municipal Schools