“Raise your hand up, it’s a bully free zone.” Almost 2000 students and teachers repeated Queen Nur’s mantra and learned how to become Super Buddies and act as Upstanders.
Last week, second and third grade students and teachers from sixteen schools across Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties attended the first TheatreWorks USA performance of the school year.
It’s an understatement to say that Queen Nur (meaning Light) brought stories and songs to life for the audience. She energetically grabbed a hold of everyone’s attention and never let go. She, with help from her percussionist partner, Mr. Dwight James, was part singer-dynamic storyteller-motivational speaker-comedian-dancer and educator. Not many performers insist on young students to stand, stomp, clap, dance, shout and sing throughout a show. Her “call and response” style demanded it and ensured that everyone interacted, even teachers, much to the delight of their students!
Each year, BOCES contracts with TheatreWorks USA, a professional acting company based out of New York City. BOCES Art-In-Education helps schools enrich the lives of their students by providing opportunities to experience the performing arts. For more information, contact Student Programs at 716-376-8284.
Students and teachers who want more of Queen Nur’s inspirational messages, can learn more at queennur.com.
By: Jean Oliverio, CA BOCES