Last week the English class that I had been working with performed a play. Nana another student and at PLQ was helping out and since she does theater in the States we decided to try a play here with the kids. The story which they chose was of Tecun Uman. A mystical Mayan warrior who fought against the Spanish invaders. Nana wrote the play in English than we worked on translating it to Spanish so that they could actually understand what they were saying. This is the opening scene with me hiding behind the curtain making sure they were saying their lines correctly.
The kids were super nervous backstage before the show. Most of their parents were there and a whole bunch of students from the school. They did really well though most of them even memorized their lines even though we did not require them to do that. It was really good for them to work up to something rather than just learning some random vocab words with out much context. Here is Kevin the King of Spain in his castle . We also did a little bit of social engineering and cast the boy that was getting picked on during class as the lead role. And it seemed to work. They seem to accept him more now. We did have to put one foreigner as a stand in for someone who did not show up but it worked out well.
The picture above is Tecun Uman fighting Pedro Alvarado with the Quetzal bird looking on from the chair. As well as the two narrators and lots of dead folks on the ground. On the right is the final bow a little disjointed but at least they got there.