I chose Teresa Jenning’s “This Old Gingerbread House” for 2nd grade’s performance this year. It was actually a last minute (by last minute, I mean I chose it in the fall rather than last year) decision because I hadn’t chosen a kinder musical yet. I pushed the 1st and 2nd grade ones I had previous chosen a grade level down so, this year, 1st grade will be doing “Too Much Noise” which ironically fits them as a grade level. Ha! Kinder will be doing a “Barnyard Moosical.” I haven’t started it yet but we shall see how it goes.
“This Old Gingerbread House” tells the story of Hansel and Gretel AFTER their experience with the witch in the gingerbread house. They have taken over the mortgage on the gingerbread house but it is falling apart due to their neighbors eating the house. Their neighbors fell terrible about what they’ve done so they apologize and help in fixing the home. At the end, they present the rebuilt house to Hansel and Gretel. It really is quite previous.
I had 72 children perform (89% of the grade level) so the stage was pretty full. Going from five risers to four to accommodate the gingerbread house in the middle of stage increased the “fullness” of the stage. Luckily, 2nd graders aren’t very big. Kudos to our fantastic art teacher for creating the gingerbread house!
I know…..the faces look weird being blocked out. But, isn’t Hansel adorable?!?! He is such a precious little boy and he can SING!
Yuck! I look awful in this picture but this is the only one I could find that had some of the other decorations in the picture to show. The pieces that are hanging are balls wrapped in tissue paper and cellophane to represent candy. The bottom of the stage is covered in green paper (I’ve become accustomed to covering the bottom of the stage because it’s unattractive) and I covered frisbees in tissue paper and cellophane with white paper strips as suckers. The boxes in front are used by the “builders” and are marked as flour, sugar, cinnamon, etc.
Anyway, it was a success to say the least. We had a packed house of parents. I can’t wait until we have our new auditorium to better fit the crowd.
Thanks for reading!