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  • Seventh graders all smiles in M.O.T. Charter Music Theater class

  • Dean teaches two Music Theater classes at the M.O.T. Charter School, where students learn how to incorporate choreography and song together.
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  • The seventh graders in Heather Dean's Music Theater class were all smiles and laughs rehearsing for The Granny Awards.
    "It's my favorite class at the end of the day," said seventh grader Bridget Andrews. "I like to sing and dance and she's my favorite teacher."
    Dean teaches two Music Theater classes at the M.O.T. Charter School, where students learn how to incorporate choreography and song together.
    Each trimester the class chooses a play and at the end of it, they perform it for their parents.
    This time around, they chose The Granny Awards, a spin-off of the Grammy Awards that stars fairytale characters.
    Some of the characters the students are cast to play include Snow White, Cinderella, Jack and Jill, the Fairy Godmother, and Little Red Riding Hood, just to name a few.
    Andrews plays the Fairy God Mother.
    Bethany Keatin, also a seventh grader, stars in the chorus.
    "First we learn the lyrics and then [Ms. Dean] teaches us the choreography," she said. "Then we run each scene."
    Both girls like the class and said it's really fun.
    At the end of the school's trimester, students in both of Dean's Music Theater classes will perform The Granny Awards for their parents Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.
    "All of the kids who take the class chose to be in it," Dean said.
    When the students rehearsed their scenes Dec. 19, there were lots of laughs.
    Dean had Alaina Rivera, Carson Taylor and Aaron Barber run their solos – where the girls fought over what was the equivalent to a gold slipper.
    Rivera and Aaron spun around, pulling on the sneaker, laughing the entire time. They play fought; pushing each other off of the chair to have Carson put the shoe on their foot, while singing along to The Granny Awards tape.
    In the background, Dean had the chorus pretend to gossip.
    Girls whispered to each other, "I can't believe she's doing that," and "Oh my gosh!"
    The students kept in tune, smiling and laughing.
    "It's really fun," Andrews said.
    And at the end of the scene, they applauded their classmates.
    Seventh grader Elijah Deverturl said the class and Ms. Dean are both spontaneous.
    "The teacher is fun and she makes it fun," he said.

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