During one the year’s cross-curricular meetings, where teachers collaborate and identify ways students can experience how different disciplines relate to each other in the real world, Intro to Engineering teachers Mr. Timothy Lutz and Mrs. Angela Walas and Art teacher Mrs. Carla Valentino came up with an idea inspired by RBC’s upcoming spring musical, “Shrek.”
The show features the larger than life character of the Dragon. The teachers saw an opportunity for the engineering and art students to work together along with the students in performing arts to create an unforgettable Dragon and make her come to life onstage to fall in love and eventually “woo” the Donkey.
The engineering students broke into three groups to develop and build designs for the three parts of the dragon: the head, body and tail. The creature the students envisioned would have a head with a working jaw and eyes that light up, the body with movable wings and a wagging tail.
For three weeks, the engineering students worked tirelessly on the project, even custom fitting the head apparatus to the student who would operate it in the show. They met their deadline and turned it over to the art students who worked to give the dragon her personality with skin, red paint and a killer set of eyelashes! Then the day came for Dragon to meet her puppeteers in the Broad St. Auditorium who brought her to life onstage to the cheers of the audience. They operated the levers to make her sing, dance and give quite a stellar performance. She really seemed to enjoy the limelight. Bravo to all who made her possible!