Kids have plenty of creativity [UPDATED]Published 4:17am Monday, June 24, 2013 Updated 6:23am Monday, June 24, 2013
They (whoever “they” are) say that working with children is like herding cats.
For the past 20-plus days, I have had the privilege of working with nearly 100 of the Fergus Falls area youth in their production of Disney’s “Jungle Book.” And while at times it really was like herding cats for a vast majority of the time, these highly-motivated youth have wanted to be herded.
They (again, whoever “they” are) say this generation has no imagination, no creativity and without their computers and games they can’t have an original thought. The creativity and imagination of this group should make parents and teachers proud. It speaks well to the educational system of this community and to the parents and should restore faith to some that this generation does truly provide hope and problem solving for the future.
Each of the youth involved with Jungle Book was asked to pick an animal they would like to represent in our jungle, they were told this jungle could be anywhere on our planet. Having been involved with similar productions in other communities I was prepared to suggest (assign) animals that were not monkeys or elephants. Here in Fergus Falls I did not have to; on their own they researched on computers and came up with snow leopards, turtles, dung beetles, flamingos, meerkat’s and so many more. I am impressed and proud. They used the internet to research animals, see how they look and act. I remember going to the encyclopedia to look at pictures and read about different animals these youth used the computer to gain knowledge about their animals from type and location to movement.
Come and visit our Jungle for one of the four performances of Jungle Book on July 28th (7 pm), 29th (2 and 7 o’clock performances) and the 30th (2 pm), you will be glad you did. Tickets are on sale now. Please check out our web site at www.fergusarts.org for all the other activities happening at your Center for the Arts.
Michael Burgraff is the director of A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls.