Noah’s Fishing Boat
The biggest project for Rødøy school every year is the school play, and it is truly unique. I’ve never seen anything like it.
All 28 kids in the school from grade 1 to 10 were in the play. There was no audition. Everyone in the whole school got in front of the spotlight. For several weeks, the play occupied everyone’s mind. The week before the performance, the school shut down: students and teachers went to the playhouse to rehearse everyday.
Not only that, everyone took part in writing the play. Of course the play had to be original — how else would you give a part to every student? Students had a big voice in what characters they would play and lines they would say. After the theme was set and each student had a role, groups were formed and the writing began. While the writing and rehearsing went on, Kristin toiled away making all the costumes from scratch. I’m proud to say, with the complete objectivity of a husband, that they’re truly spectacular.
Marcus, who played a mischievous monkey, loved acting. Just before the performance, over breakfast, he said, “Daddy, I feel two feelings. I’m excited to be in the play. And, I’m scared. So I really want to go and I don’t want to go.” I told him that it was perfectly natural. But the first thing he said when he saw Kristin after the play was “That was fun!”
Yesterday was the day of the performance, and nearly everyone on the island came to watch. After the performance, dinner was served cafeteria style. The entire production — from creation, preparation to performance — involved the entire island community. And that’s something we’d never see in Boston.