Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Today, all K-3 students in South Portland boarded buses to South Portland High School to see "Lighthouse Keeper: The Story of Abbie Burgess."  We heard the true story of a brave young girl whose determination and courage kept the lighthouse lit against all odds. The piece paints an exciting musical portrait of life on an island, the shifting ocean, majestic lighthouses, raging storms, and even silly dancing puffins.  Students were able to interact with the musicians from the Portland Symphony Orchestra string section, connecting music, literacy, art, nature, and Maine heritage.

Mrs. Mason, our librarian, had read Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie to the class.
We then made nautical weather flags which we were able to use as part of today's performance.

We also learned the song "Shine On Me," with Mrs. Osann in music class, which the audience sang along to at the performance.

Abbie Burgess narrated the story, accompanied by the beautiful string music of The PSO.

Everyone agreed this was a great interactive performance to get a glimpse into Maine nautical history, and hear some beautiful music.

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