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Apr

Captivating Imaginations!

Oh to be in 2nd grade again, when the world is small, but your imagination is BIG!

When field trip destinations become your classroom for the day, and a bumpy bus ride with your classmates adds to the excitement. There is something special about field trip days; waking up seems easier, lunch is tastier… it’s almost as if you are playing hooky with your teacher and your friends!

Last week, the imaginations of the second graders of GRPS got even bigger, when they visited the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for a special production of the April main stage musical Fancy Nancy. This year, about 1,200 GRPS students will be captivated by the antics of Fancy Nancy – The Musical. Based on the popular children’s book series about a little girl who loves everything fancy –even fancy words! This family-friendly musical is set to delight audiences with its vibrant cast of local actresses and actors.

“I love how Fancy Nancy captures the essence of the books – the books encourage imagination and imaginative thinking, and the stage version does the same thing,” said Allyson Paris, Associate Director of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. “It’s always special to see a favorite children’s book come to life.”

Since 2008, the almost decade old partnership between GRPS and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre has brought more than 12,000 students through their doors. For some students, this will be the first and only time they’ll ever see a live onstage performance; making this field trip even more special and important. An opportunity to interact with the pages of their favorite book, this field trip encourages students to open their minds to a different form of creativity.

Fancy Nancy – The Musical runs from April 21 – April 30 with special daytime performances for students in addition to regular evening and weekend season productions. Rehearsing since February, the cast is especially looking forward to interacting with their young live audiences, who provide immediate feedback through huge reactions and enthusiasm! For students, not only does the introduction to live theatre provide a creative outlet, it can also provide opportunities to get involved through classes, performances and perhaps a future career in theatre.

This field trip is supported by a general fund grant from the Student Advancement Foundation, made possible by the incredibly generous gifts from our donors.

Want to help support fun activities like this for GRPS students, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/grsaf

 

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