On Nov. 17, the fifth- and sixth-graders of Colo-NESCO performed the play “A Christmas Wizard of Oz,” for family, students and friends.

Mrs. Lee, the sixth-grade teacher, and Mrs. Wilson the fifth-grade teacher, handed out scripts to the play in early October. “They began by reading the play out loud,” said Mrs. Lee. “Then they practiced actions in the classroom and finally the kids moved to practicing on the stage,” she continued.

When asked what was your favorite part of the play? Mrs. Wilson replied; “My favorite part was having the fifth- and sixth-grade students work together as a team and watching the students grow as actors.”

Mrs. Lee’s commented on her favorite part by saying, “The fact that many different students got to be the star. Having six Dorothy’s, two lions, two toy soldiers and four snowmen allowed a showcase of a lot of talent.”

Many of the students expressed their favorite part of the play: Lexi Hunter said, “I loved memorizing my lines.” Electra Sanders replied, “Making people feel good while they watched us.” Megan Davison’s commented, “My favorite part was when I got to throw an ornament because I’m not really allowed to throw things.”

Mrs. Lee concluded by saying, “The kids never cease to amaze me. It’s always a lot of fun and a lot of work but well worth it.” She also said, “An added bonus is that it fits in greatly with the speaking standards in the common core and is authentic learning at its best.”