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Giving 'Props': Lincoln-Hubbard, Summit H.S. Teachers Collaborate on Theatre Project

Summit High School students work on building the theater cubes. Credits: Kevin Schauer
The musical's cast members use the theater cube as a platform.
The props were lightweight so the fourth and fifth grade actors and technical crew could easily carry the props on and off stage.

SUMMIT, NJ - Looking for a cost-efficient way to design and create props for the Lincoln-Hubbard spring production of Seussical, Jr., Summit teachers Truc-Lan Vu, of Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary, and Summit High School's Kevin Schauer recently completed a co-curricular and multi-grade project in and outside of their classrooms. 

Vu, Lincoln-Hubbard third grade teacher and musical director, worked with Schauer and Adam Fern's Wood Technology classes to create the props as a class project to learn design and layout, measurement, as well as teamwork skills. The prop boxes were then used by the elementary students in their musical production.

The boxes were made from wood and painted black. During the show, they were used to create seats, beds, and platforms for the actors to use. The props were lightweight so the fourth and fifth grade actors and technical crew could easily carry the props on and off stage.  These kinds of theater boxes can be re-used year-to-year, and are popular in many productions for their versatility.  

“The students really enjoyed the project,” said Schauer. “Our Wood Technology classes learn a variety of skills, and a project like this showed them how these skills can be useful in the real world.”

According to Vu, the prop boxes -- like the production itself -- were a hit. “The students loved using the boxes on stage. They were easy to use, and allowed the actors to use the same props in different configuration. We are so thankful for this opportunity to collaborate with the high school staff and students.”

This is the fourth year the Lincoln-Hubbard PTO has sponsored a theatre production at the school. Past shows included Alice in Wonderland Jr.Annie Jr., and The Little Mermaid Jr. Additional funding for the show was also provided by the Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee (SPARC).  
The musical was produced by Lincoln-Hubbard parents Kristen Pierotti and Joanne Paris, directed by teacher Vu, choreographed by Washington and Franklin art teacher Jaimie Bass, and has a set designed by Lincoln-Hubbard and Jefferson art teacher Ashley Yospin.


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