Live theatre entertains Calmar students A blend of comedy and education

Vol 15. Issue 9, Leduc - Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

On February 25 at 1:30 p.m., the gymnasium at the Calmar Elementary School turned into a professional live stage performance, a humorous play acted out with great flair and character, at the same time conveying a very important message woven into the body of the performance. A gym full of children sat quiety, except when giggling at the actor's antics, and heard a well-delivered story on endangered species, effects of pollution and other human activity that harms the environment.

Professionals Brandon Trotter and Holleay Rohm, and several other cast members including a few participants from the crowd, presented a superb play.  With detailed, exquisite and convincing costumes, the actors kept students enrapt in a story full of lessons about the importance of environmental balance, how mankind has contributed to its imbalance, and what we can do to help restore it.

Brandon Trotter plays a detective (Sherlock) gathering clues as to what is causing the environmental changes and damage. Holleay Rohm plays a number of characters, from a scientist to mosquito. Some of the children played endangered animals. When one species goes missing, the natural order of the world is out of balance, it was said. There were elephants representing threat to species due to illegal poaching, a bear, and a child dressed as a Christmas Bell plant, a plant of great beauty that has all but died out due to overharvesting.

As the detective gathered clues regarding challenges our animals and environment face, he posted them on a wall facing the audience.  In addition to illegal poaching, overharvesting, and endangered species, other clues included pollution, the illegal pet trade and global warming. With all clues posted, students were presented with a visual board of issues that need to be addressed in order to protect our wildlife and environment.

A colourful and creative musical presentation, dance, lyrics, props and larger-than-life characters told a story of how the world is changing and things we can do to help restore our planet.

Trotter explained that the show has been running about five weeks including dozens of performances presented in various venues.  "Evergreen (theatre) decided they wanted to teach kids about endangered species," said Brandon.  A wonderful way to present important world issues to children by delivering them in a humorous, interactive, fun and entertaining way.   

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