I’ve spent the past few weeks helping my daughter’s 1st grade class create an Earth Day play that they will perform today. I think they are doing a great job, if I do say so myself. They wrote the play themselves, of course. So on stage this afternoon we have: star wars fighters (who trash the earth); Sleeping Beauty, Belle, a kitten, The Little Mermaid, the Nutcracker, Scooby Doo, a pirate, Bambi, Santa, Rudolph, a teacher, the Gingerbread Girl, and the Wizard of Oz. I think that is everyone. While they felt the need to create characters that already existed, during this process the kids imaginations soared. If I had a budget of thousands we would have had an actual spaceship that crashed, a full-fledged pirate ship (we do have a mini one), trash falling from the sky throughout, ocean on the floor, and actual light sabers. But, as it is, we have kids doing a really good job showing characters and telling an important story about taking care of the earth. Yes, they have to step forward to speak (it is the only way we can hear them) and some of them fidget on stage (the trash is irresistable) but overall they’ve learned so many things. Every time I do something like this and see the wonderful things that can happen my passion for arts advocacy and my desire to keep drama in the schools grow. It is a crazy job, but I love to do it.