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Beeman Ballroom Experience Premieres on TV TONIGHT ~ Mad Hot Ball on Sunday

Here’s what’s happening – from Lisa Smith @ Cape Ann TV:

Cape Ann TV Waltzes in with the Premiere of The Beeman Ballroom Experience Documentary in Conjunction with the Gloucester Fifth Grade Mad Hot Ball

What happens when you take a whole fifth grade class, mix in some cha-cha and waltzes, and what do you get? Join Cape Ann TV as they premiere, The Beeman Ballroom Experience, a half-hour documentary showcasing the four month journey of the Beeman Memorial Elementary School’s 2012 fifth grade students as they begin learning the steps to classic dances in their music classes to the District-Wide Mad Hot Ball Competition, and through these experiences mature and grow into confident young adolescents.

Started in the early 2000s, the Gloucester fifth grade dance program has been funded in part by the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) for all of the five Gloucester Elementary schools. Maggie Rosa, President of the Gloucester Education Foundation, says that the “Social skills these children learn are impressive.” Tina and Ron LaFlam, from Miss Tina’s School of Dance, teach the children the art of ballroom dancing. All the student’s hard work and hours of practicing culminates into a final Ball where each pair gets to dance for their families and a panel of judges. Carrie, one of the students interviewed, says that she was “scared” at the beginning of the dance program because she thought some were going to be better then others, but through the process realized that everyone was equal in their ability to dance.

This documentary shows how ballroom dancing still has a place in modern society. It was filmed by Cape Ann TV with CATV staff and Beeman parent volunteer, David Lufkin, and edited by Gordon College Student/Cape Ann TV intern Greg Dry and Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith. Ms. Wentzal and Ms. Lafata, two Beeman teachers who were interviewed in the film, say that the children take pride in their accomplishments at the end of the program and at the competition Ball, and that their academics became stronger as a reflection of the things they have learned.

Tune into Cape Ann TV Channel 12 for The Beeman Ballroom Experience on: Thursday, May 2 at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday May 5 at 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 9 at 8:30 p.m.; Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.  For more programming information go to: CapeAnnTV.wordpress.com.

This year’s Gloucester Fifth Grade District-Wide Mad Hot Ballroom Competition is Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Beeman 4th & 5th Graders present “Oliver” the Musical Wed & Thursday

You know how we love to promote taking your kids to see live music.  Well for all of you who say, “Yeah, yeah, Ok.  Someday we’ll do that,”  this Wednesday & Thursday are your some-days.  Lisa Smith sent the following video preview and a little note about it:

Here is a sneak peek of the musical “Oliver” a 5th Grade production at Beeman Memorial School Performances are on April 10 & 11 at 7PM. Heidi Dallin directs this production, Beth Goldberg is musical director.

The Cast of “The Wizard of Oz”

The Beeman Elementary School Chorus presents The Wizard of Oz on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:00PM at Beeman School, 138 Cherry Street, Gloucester. All tickets for the production are $5.00 each and will be sold at the door the night of the performance.  See the Stars below.

Beeman School Prepares for the Wizard of Oz

The Beeman Elementary School Chorus presents The Wizard of Oz on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:00PM at Beeman School, 138 Cherry Street, Gloucester. All tickets for the production are $5.00 each and will be sold at the door the night of the performance.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Beeman School

Wizard of Oz at Beeman School April 11 and April 12

The Beeman Elementary School Chorus presents The Wizard of Oz on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:00PM at Beeman School, 138 Cherry Street, Gloucester. All tickets for the production are $5.00 each and will be sold at the door the night of the performance.
The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Dorothy Gale from Kansas and her little dog Toto who is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard so he can help her return home. On her journey she meets three friends: the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion who travel to Oz with her. Each friend has their own special request of the Wizard. On her exciting journey Dorothy and her companions meet the Good Witch and the happy residents of Munchkin Land led by their Mayor as well as facing challenges from the Wicked Witch of the West, her army of soldiers and the flying monkeys. This endearing classic story celebrates friendship, inner strength, and the true meaning of home. The production features the classic songs: Follow The Yellow Brick Road, Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, If I Only Had a Brain, If I Were the King of the Forest and Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
The production features 25 fourth and fifth grade Beeman students and is directed by Beeman Music teacher Beth Goldberg and Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop director and actress Heidi Dallin. Dallin was brought on board by the Gloucester Education Foundation initiative to support and enhance elementary school theatre by partnering teachers with theatre professionals.

Beeman Students Plant Dune Grass

From the Beacon

Wicked Local Staff Photo by Ian Hurley Beeman School fourth graders Joshua Gibbs and Juleika Rodriguez, l to r, plant dune grass at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester alongside their classmates, representatives from the Gloucester Conservation Division as well as Gortons on Wednesday, April 6. Over 100 students worked to plant over 7000 strands of grass to repair the damaged and depleted dunes.

With much debate happening around the city about just what to do with Gloucester’s waterfront, it might be refreshing for some to know that local youth are learning about the importance of caring for our coastline well before they reach the age that they have to make such decisions.

Students and teachers from Beeman Elementary School’s fourth- and fifth-grade classes recently combined with the Gloucester Conservation Commission and Gorton’s Seafood to plant dune grass in the dunes of Good Harbor Beach. The GCC reported that 7,500 culms of American Beach Grass were planted by volunteers from the school and Gorton’s last week, with Gorton’s footing the bill for the dune grass and sending 40 or so volunteers to help the students out.

The project is part of an effort by the school to teach students about the importance of a healthy coastline in a community that is surrounded by the ocean. It is a natural follow up to a similar school project held in 2010, which was funded by a grant from MIT and worked in conjunction with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“It’s something we call ‘Living Blue,’” explains Beeman principal Ellen Sibley. “It focuses on the added responsibility of a coastal community to live green because we are the gatekeepers of the ocean.”

Read more: Students put in grass roots effort to replant dunes – Gloucester, MA – Wicked Local 

More Things to Do!

From the Gloucester Daily Times Calendar:

Poetry Without Paper contest

The Gloucester Lyceum and coordinator John Ronan have announced the 7th annual Poetry Without Paper contest for students living in Gloucester. All levels, from elementary, middle and high schools are eligible, whether the student attends school in Gloucester or not. The contest honors national poetry month and will have its official start April 13. Entries will be accepted at http://www.sawyerfreelibrary.org until May 25. Winners receive U.S. Savings Bonds, books, and an invitation to appear on Ronan’s television program, “The Writer’s Block.” All winning poems will be published online. The presentation of awards will be made by Mayor Kirk on Thursday, June 11, 7 p.m., at the library.

Free library program

An evening of poetry, photography and song inspired by a collection of poems that record the voices of 19th century pioneer women as they and their families homesteaded the Okanogan Valley of Washington state, will be the subject of a Gloucester Lyceum/Sawyer Free Library program on Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m., at the library, 2 Dale Ave. The event, “Oh How Can I Keep On Singing:” Voices of Pioneer Women, celebrates National Poetry Month and is free and open to the public. The program will be performed by Kathleen Adams, Barbara Braver, Geraldine Herbert and Kristina Martin, and introduced by Jill Carter. Photographs of the Okanogan Valley taken by local photographer Susan Oleksiw during her visit to the area last summer will be on display in the Matz Gallery.

Cape Ann Art Haven

Cape Ann Art Haven offers family studio time every Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to bond with your children through art. Cost is $10 for the first child, $5 for each additional child. CAAH also offers classes for third- through fifth-graders every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. The class runs for one month and costs $60. CAAH also offers classes for sixth- through eighth-graders every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class runs for one month and costs $60. To sign up, call 978-283-3888 or visit info@capeannarthaven.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

’50s dance

The Night Prowlers Car Club will hold its annual ’50s Saturday, April 18, at the Gloucester Fraternity Club, 27 Webster St. The dance will feature music by DJ Leo Francis, mystery guests, pizza at 9 p.m., door prizes and raffles. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 per person and are available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Gloucester Fraternity Club’s special needs children.

Beeman on Broadway

The Beeman School Chorus will present “Beeman on Broadway,” songs and dances from some of Broadway’s most beloved shows, on Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m., at Beeman School. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students.

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