Tuesday, April 08, 2008

NCHEA: the drama

This year, the huge 8 part drama was based on James 3:17:

"The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy."

Set in post-World War II in the European countries, we followed the adventures of the 5 orphaned Schroeder children. Through various joys and trials, they learned many, many things about wisdom.

It all started when their Grandmother died...

...and they had to move in with their Aunt Bessie. While packing, they discovered a lost treasure: a journal and a locket that their parents had kept during the last years of their lives. It brought to light that Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder had set aside some sort of treasure for their children. The problem?! It's location was unknown. Thus -- a journey, to find their legacy.

Franz, ever the brain, was quick to chart out estimated expenses for such a trip.

And the first to go shopping, I might add.

The first stop was to a jeweler's in France....
only -- the wrong jewelers!

But this wasn't realized until it was to late. Frederick told the jeweler, Jacque le Pue, all their clues and secrets, even going so far as to leave the locket with him (much to the frustration of the other siblings).

So now they have no locket. Only the journal.


Next stop: Pisa, Italy. And one cannot go to Pisa without visiting Petro's Pizzeria, and the famous Petro.
Just in time for the 11:00 tour, the children head to the kitchen...
where Petro is quick to scold the cooks (in Italian, even). The cooks quit.

Franz was a pro at forming the pizza crust...the first try, that is.

The suspense continues -- for the children are being followed! Jacque le Pui is back...with two co-conspirators this time.

Nadia willfully tries an attempt on her own, only to get kidnapped.

She will not be man-handled and kicks whoever happens to be closest -- and is soon let go as the other Schroeder children put on a grand chase and are not far behind. But Monica...
sweet Monica was hurt badly in the chase...
Franz comes to the rescue with a few pointers as to how his crutches work.
But Nadia is safe, makes apologies all around
--and the children gather to pray for more wisdom.

Then on to Holland, where the next clue lies!
More delays -- they end up spending 8 weeks in the hospital waiting for Monica's ankle to heal.

Reading the journal...

hiding from the villains....

doing kind deeds along the way....

[hmmm...grapes in the pockets
Mr. Homeless "who-lives-under-the-bridge?"]

The search continued: from country to country, from lesson to lesson.

Once again, Jacque le Pui and his crew pull a surprise attack and tie them up; all except Franz, that is, who escaped...

and returns to loose them all. Can they get their treasure in time? Even if they don't, the children realize that the lessons they have learned along the way are invaluable.

Then what a treasure it is. More than monetary, it is the family Bible, letters, other keepsakes from their parents. Truly -- it is a Godly legacy.

The cast and crew, who did a simply INCREDIBLE JOB.
Give them all a round of applause!

20 comments:

Dustynne said...

Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!

GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!!! :)

Goldfish said...

Wow, that looks like so much fun!!! Those costumes would have been so much fun! Miss you guys...

Abby Martin said...

Looks like everyone was having fun with what they were doing!

ladygreen said...

Good pictures Bethany!

~Tori~ said...

Yay!! Encore! Encore!! :-D Good job!!

Nicole said...

Wow! Not only a great play - it looks like - but also an amazing post. Great job dear!!
Is that Andrew the pizza guy?! I love it!
Love ya dear!

Anonymous said...

Looks like they did a great job. Thanks for the pictures! Ellie

~*~Amy's musings~*~ said...

ahhhh, it makes me miss homeschool drama a little...
hope you guys had fun! i know i loved to look at the pics!

Lady Ruth Ann said...

ah - what fun!! Great story! :) Thank you for your quick synopsis of it all...sound so exciting and wish I could have been there!!

Stephanie said...

It looks like you had an awesome time! I would have loved to be a child there and watch all that drama unfold.

Anonymous said...

If you do it again let me know. I wana come see it. Good job ya'll.
Serena
Good pictures Bethany!!

Amber said...

Wow! Looks like it went off wonderfully. How long was the actual production? Who wrote it? Who made the coustumes?
You did a great job with the pictures, Bethany! Thank you for such a nice post.

Lesley said...

What fun pictures Bethany! You always do such an amazing job!:) I loved the picture of "Petro"! Have to say he was one of my favorite characters and the kids in my group kept quoting his lines!:)
Thanks for sharing the pictures with us!
~Lesley

Margaret Neufeld said...

Appears to be a humorous story and definitely original!

Anonymous said...

Hurray for a job well done! Did you happen to video tape it? If you did, count me in on a copy. :-)

Dianna

Bethany said...

Amber -- the drama was done in 8 different parts over the course of two days. I think back to back it would've been 2 to 3 hours, but that is a guess! Some youth in Kansas actually wrote the drama for their homeschool convention, and we ended up revising it a bit before using it. Alethiea sewed the comtumes -- didn't she do an incredible job?! (She comments on here has "lady green".)

Blessings!

esther said...

Thanks for telling us the story with both words and pictures! I enjoyed them immensly. Looks like so much fun. I like the pic. with Josiah and Rachel. And the cook was great!
Love from Tennessee- where I am currently. :)God bless

Emily H. said...

Great job, Bethany! The drama was awesome, of course I am a bit partial to one particular Schroder child, but everyone did a great job! Thanks for the pics so that everyone who was not there can still get a feel for it!
Emily

Anna Naomi said...

Great pictures! The drama looks like a lot of fun! The costumes are also great!

AJ said...

Good job on the pictures Bethany! This must have kept people laughing. :)