This was a month full of field work as we kicked off with a whole-school trip to the Dreamland Theater in Ypsilanti for a puppet show that starred the Mark Maynard puppet. (As Mark is a parent at our school, this was huge fun for all!) The students met and interacted with puppets and puppeteers and returned fired up with ideas for the month ahead. They compared the PuppetArt (Detroit) performance of The Firebird with the live-action Wild Swan production of the same story. They attended workshops, visited museums and considered their place in the cultural history of puppetry as they made rod puppets, paper bag puppets, and puppets from clay, envelopes, sticks, and their hands! Read about some of their adventures here. And, of course, they devised theatre and puppet shows themselves, from shadow puppets in Music to a dramatization of Cendrillon in French to a version of the Mahabharata performed by the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Vitosha Guest Haus. This amazing piece used live actors as well as masks and puppets created by the students. Read about it here. And while the older children were reading the Mahabharata, younger students were reading Pinocchio and The Magician’s Boy, and using puppets to explore various literary themes and character traits. Art, music, literature, cultural studies, languages and drama all came together in a creative whirl as the children explored ideas from concept to performance. What an amazing month!