Our amazing Music and Drama Specialist Laura Bak worked her magic last week, directing a wonderful performance staring the kindergartners, first, second and third graders! This fun and educational musical showed how oceans are a series of interconnected systems and destroying any one part will have unintended consequences elsewhere. Basing The Ocean Show on the The Oceanography Musical: Tidepool Condos, Laura adapted the play to suit Birches students, even incorporating student ideas. She wrote new songs, arranged new dances, and added academic content to complement our fall 2017 interdisciplinary Oceans unit.
Here is a synopsis of the musical: The Ocean Show introduces us to Ashley and Maya, businesswomen bent on destroying tide pools so they can erect luxury apartment buildings. Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, has other ideas. To settle the dispute, the two of them set out to visit the wonders of the ocean. During their journey, they encounter fish and plankton, sea mammals and bioluminescent creatures. The photograph above shows some of the starfish who help educate Ashley and Maya about the importance of respecting the oceans.