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Dessert Theatre Season Wraps Up

Performances by Kindergarten and 1st-grade students on March 21, 2024, in the Louisa Performing Arts Center wrapped up this year's Lower School Dessert Theatre season. Dessert Theatre, which began more than 50 years ago at CSS, allows students as early as Kindergarten the freedom to explore the world through characters while solving problems and growing their communication skills and confidence.

On March 21, Kindergarten students performed an adaptation of Leo Lionni's beloved children's book It's Mine! Set in a whimsical world filled with colorful pond creatures, the play follows the journey of three families of frogs -- The Miltons, The Ruperts, and The Lydias -- as they bicker over ownership of a beautiful island. With the help of a couple of wise toads, the pond is reminded that true happiness is found not in possessions, but in the connections we make with others.

First-grade students performed The Talking Drum, which unfolds against the backdrop of King Elephant's realm in the heart of the lush African jungle. When the king realizes the need for a swift means of communication to connect with all his subjects, he calls upon the diverse animal community for their ingenuity. As the other animals work tirelessly to devise a solution, the monkeys scoff at their efforts, convinced that their comfortable existence exempts them from communal responsibility. However, their apathy is soon challenged and they will learn what it means to participate in a thriving community.