Soundview stages novel play

May 15, 2014
Courtesy of: Pia Kamimura The cast of Soundview School’s production of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” on Friday, May 9, included Hannah Hempstead (far left) as the violinist, Sean Neils (left) in the role of Hugo, and Britton Biesecker (right) as character Georges Meiles.

Soundview School’s third grade class staged a production of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” on Friday, May 9.

As part of the culmination of an eight-week unit on storytelling, the students adapted the novel into a play.

“We wrote to the author of the novel, Brian Selznick, and sent him a short video of our set,” teacher Ethan Benson said.

The students pioneered the idea of turning their classroom into a “theater in the surround” by having the audience in the center, and the play enacted around the perimeter of the room.

“He wrote back to say that he also had never heard of a theater like ours, and he was very excited about our ‘groundbreaking’ production,” Benson said.

 

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