Second Grade Play

In early February, the Class of 2030 performed “Cinderella Is Annoying… And Other Points of View.”
This original play retells the classic fairy tales, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, from the perspectives of supporting characters, like Cinderella’s mice friends, and a reinterpretation of Little Red Riding Hood with humans and Bay Area coyotes. Filled with second-grade humor, the play drew a lot of laughs and applause from the audience.

Throughout the play-making process, the second graders challenged themselves creatively. Before they started writing the play with Theater Teacher Ms. Larsen, the second graders explored basic elements of dance and movement to embody the characters and theme and to learn to tell a story using their bodies on stage. They have also been studying points of view since December, discussing how someone can see something, like an object or color, differently from another and not be right or wrong in how they perceive it. 

Then, during the writing of the play, the second graders asked themselves thought-provoking and concrete questions. How does the “bad guy” feel about the “good guy”? And do mice really like to wear clothes?

“Don’t just think about the ‘bad guys.’ Think about the ‘good guys,’ too,” says one of the mice. “Little Red Riding Hood is spoiled and mean. Cinderella is annoying and nobody likes her. And mice don’t want to wear clothes! But Cinderella forces them to if they want their cheese.”

Second-grade students made many of the props with LS Makery Facilitator Mr. Santosa and had the support of 7th and 8th-grade drama students to help with some of the production tech. Burke’s sewing instructor Ms. Cappucio-Nelligan supported the construction of costumes, and second-grade classroom teachers ran the lights and audio-visual equipment. Lower School Music Teacher Ms. Mandelstein provided the musical accompaniment and US Makery Facilitator Ms.Miller provided animation to support the story.
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