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Blue Grass presenting ‘Adventures of Lewis & Clark’ musical


Three fourth-grade teachers at Blue Grass Elementary School came up with a creative way to teach a historical subject.

Instead of a textbook, the students’ manual was a script. Instead of a standard test, performance on stage earned them high marks as more than 60 students acted, sang and danced their way through “The Adventures of Lewis & Clark.”

“The Adventures of Lewis & Clark” is a musical journey across eleven states.


In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to travel, explore, and chart the Louisiana Purchase.

Accompanied by soldiers, interpreters, a slave named York, a French trapper named Charbonneau, and his Shoshone wife, Sacajawea, the group traveled up the Missouri River, over the Rocky Mountains and down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. The rest, as they say, is history.

“This is the way we teach the Lewis and Clark curriculum,” said teacher Pam Witcher.

“The story really comes alive for the children because they are participating in it.”

The timing of the performance is also noteworthy; this year marks the 200th anniversary of the expedition.

Pam Witcher’s class, along with Barbara Gazaway’s and Debbie Adorante’s classes performed “The Adventures of Lewis & Clark” in the Blue Grass Elementary School gymnasium on Tuesday, May 11.

 

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