Spring Production Success For Tesseract

NORTHEAST PHOENIX – Tesseract School held its Middle School spring production of Once Upon a Mattress, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable The Princess and The Pea, May 17-19 at the Paradise Valley Community College
Center for Performing Arts.

Tesseract students between grades five-eight held three evening performances and one matinee, which featured a double cast with several of the 59 actresses and actors rotating between productions. Several students, who did not perform in a particular production, gained additional experience working backstage and in the front-of-house.

For more information, visit www.tesseractschool.org or call 480.991.1770.


Tesseract Opens Spring Production

Tesseract School opens its Middle School spring production of Once Upon a Mattress, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable The Princess and The Pea, Thursday, May 17 at 6:30pm at the Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) Center for Performing Arts.
Tesseract students in grades five through eight will perform three evening performances from May 17 through Saturday, May 19 with an additional 2pm matinee on May 19.

“The Middle School spring production is an annual event for all ages and one that the entire Tesseract community looks forward to every year,” says Terri Scullin, Tesseract Drama and Music Educator and Middle School Musical Director. “When we moved the production to PVCC four years ago, we raised the scope tremendously and enabled our student actors and actresses to perform before a much larger audience in a professional space.”
In addition to presenting Once Upon a Mattress, Tesseract School also presents its third annual Visual Arts exhibit from May 17-19 for students in grades five through 12. The students create a wide array of art, ranging from the fifth grade’s interpretation of 1930s abstract work of Robert Delaney to ninth grade pottery to iPad art in grades 11 and 12. Middle and Upper School students also incorporated additional influence from their studies at the Musical Instrument Museum program in Phoenix.

Paradise Valley Community College Center for Performing Arts is located at 18401 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. Tickets are $16.50 and are available at www.showtix4u.com. For more information, call 480.385.3673 or visit www.tesseractschool.org.

Seventh-Graders Create Sustainable Inventions At Tesseract

PHOENIX– Tasked with creating an invention of his or her own design, eight weeks ago Tesseract Middle School’s seventh-grade students embarked upon an educational journey. Not only did the students each have to come up with and complete a creative invention, but they also had to ensure their inventions were sustainable and would better the lives of their users – as well as sustain the planet – all while reducing humans’ global footprints.
In preparation for this creative task, students learned about existing sustainable inventions, projects and business models in their third-quarter science classes. At the same time, they studied marketing strategies and presentation techniques in their English classes. After an extensive period of brainstorming, research and trial, each student worked toward completion of his or her own unique invention.
“This project is a wonderful example of how Tesseract’s integrated curriculum works to stimulate the curiosity of students with real-world and engaging assignments,” says Nigel Taplin, Tesseract’s head of school. “The students took ownership of their learning, and were creative, innovative thinkers engaging in relevant, real-world tasks, all the while thinking about sustainability.”
Throughout the quarter as their inventions progressed, the students reflected on their research and the project in its entirety in preparation for the Celebration of Innovation. The students will present their inventions while at the same time demonstrating their public-speaking skills to family members, peers and Tesseract educators and staff.
TesseractSchool’s Celebration of Innovation is Thursday, March 22 from 6:30-7:30pm at the middle and high school campus. For information, visit www.tesseractschool.org or call 480.991.1770.

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