June 30, 2006. It is the last day of our
summer school! We have invited all the classes in both the elementary
and middle school buildings to come to our presentation. Time to show
all we have done and learned. One of the students made a great sign
for the front of the stage and the mural was the backdrop. We had
managed only two rehearsals ( only that morning!) and the script had
lots of room for ad libs by the students. The students had lots of
great ideas - many quite amusing - and we ended up with a play called
The Food Web Café.
Excerpt from the play: Introduction
A portion of the Eleven Point River is one of the
original eight rivers chosen to be part of the national Wild and
Scenic Riverways System. And it all starts here in our own school
playground. When it rains, the water that runs down the hill of
our playground flows into a drainage area, which flows into a bigger
creek bed, which flows into a still larger creek bed. Other creeks
in and around our little town all flow together until it finally
becomes a river. We call it the Eleven Point River.
Now we would like to share with you what we have learned these past
four weeks. The setting is the Eleven Point River, but the exact place
is unknown. The creatures in the play represent the life along the
stream corridor and in the stream channel. It is about what each one
eats to survive and in turn, what eats them. It is about the importance
of clean, unpolluted water. It is about the circle of life known as
the food web. If you listen carefully, you will learn and then know
how to be a better caretaker of our beautiful Ozarks rivers.
The premise of the story includes animals waking up in the morning
quite hungry and deciding to go to the "cafe" for a little
something to eat. The menu includes tasty items such as Caddisfly
Casserole, Landfill Latte, and Snails on a bed of algae. The customers
include algae, bear, crayfish, bullfrog, rainbow trout, caddisfly,
turtle, fox, snake, and largemouth bass. During the play there are
a series of unfortunate events when some of the customers eat other
Excerpt from the play:
Host: Welcome to the Food Web Cafe! Could I have
your name please?
Customer: Hi, my name is Crayfish, but most people
around here call me Crawdad.
Host: Do you have seating preference?
Customer: Anywhere besides near that bear! Do you
have a shallow riffle with a rock I can hide under while I wait
for my meal?
A tragedy occurred when the Caddisfly (played by Mrs. Draper, who
filled in when we needed just one more actor) died a rather sudden
and violent death after drinking the Landfill Latte! We solicited
the help of some of the younger members of the audience to play
the roles of Decomposers, who come on stage and finish up the "remains".
The entire cast and staff. Far left, in green shirt, Sharon Lewis,
Willow Springs ArtStream teacher.
Standing in back, in light blue shirt, Pat Hight, ArtStream artist/naturalist.
Far right, Lois Reborne, Bryant Watershed Edcuation Project director
Photos and text by Sharon
Lewis, Willow Springs ArtStream lead teacher.
development of content for ArtStream has been funded through the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has
provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean