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The 4th-grade classes of Sunnyside Elementary are happy to announce that we are learning Oregon history through a theater arts performance! Our musical director is Ralph Nelson, a local and historical playwright for elementary-aged children. This will be his 26th year directing children’s musicals involving Oregon history.

Why a musical?

  • Involvement in theater has been shown to improve self-esteem, empathy, and academic performance
  • According to the AATE (American Alliance for Theatre Education), drama education increases empathy because it helps others to know what it’s like to be in other people’s shoes, bolsters their ability to read and understand complex texts, and builds confidence and camaraderie. Theater supports the development of all 8 of the multiple intelligences, as well as meeting students where they are, socially, academically, and emotionally.
  • This is an inclusive opportunity for all fourth graders: whether it is a speaking, singing, or acting role, or all of the above.