Glenshire students are ‘Goin’ West’ |

Glenshire students are ‘Goin’ West’

Glenshire Elementary School’s annual fourth-grade spring play, “Goin’ West”, will take audiences on wild ride through America’s Westward movement this afternoon and Thursday evening.

“We try to do something curricular and focused on California history,” said Lois Moore, a fourth-grade teacher and play director. “We are just getting to the Westward movement in the classroom. They have been studying the peoples of California and will now learn about the people who came.”

Many of the play’s 17 scenes contain historical lessons that students are hearing about for the first time, such as the Trail of Tears and the War of 1812, and serve as a primer for what children will soon be learning in the classroom.

“You learn that it would have been hard to live back then,” said fourth-grader Justine Blide. “They didn’t have much money, and they didn’t have much food.”

For Moore, it’s a little hard to make it right now, she said. She has been trying to focus the efforts of 80 energetic 9 and 10-year-olds for the past two months, leading them through auditions, rehearsals, line memorization and stage movements.

“There are a lot of different plots because (the play) stretches a long period of time “1776 to 1869,” said Simeon Murphy, who plays a delivery girl.

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