Sunday, October 30, 2011

Creating Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Ready to Wear

When I was asked to participate in a skit for the school fall festival I accepted with anticipation. I was put on a team of specialist teachers: Japanese teacher Koko, Spanish teacher Vickie, and Language Arts teacher Paul, and his wife Sharon.
We retold Humpty Dumpty, and I was lucky to play H.D. (as he was referred to in our script). 
Then it was time to create my costume. Right away I got help from Shellie, the crafts teacher, and Stanley the physical movement instructor. Stanley devised the idea of using different sized hula hoops strung together as my frame. Shellie hooked me up with the fabric, and her sewing skills to put together my shell, and really bring the costume together.I had my frame and my shell, now it was time to secure the two together to be able to handle 12 performances over around two hours. Duct tape was the answer, and worked quite well to keep the fabric fixed to the frame.

The Set
The Night of Delight was full of magic, and the spirit of the season. Children and their families dressed up in costumes for Halloween started to walk the lit path with their Angel Guide in groups of 20 to watch a series of six skits. There was also a ballet performance, food, and time to share in each others company.

Our performance of Humpty Dumpty was retold by Mother Goose, in her rocking chair under the stars in the playground, set by a rock wall. A gigantic bird by the name of Matilda gave birth the humoungous egg, and after unsuccesfully hatching the egg went to frollic in the forest. 
Humpty Dumpty found himself alone, contimpating the meaning of life,
"Where am I? Who am I? What am I? I think, therefore I am. Am I?"
All the kings horses and men whom were speaking Japanese and Spanish to each other could not put Humpty back together again, but fortunately Matilda, and the various audiences did put Humpty Dumpty together again.
There was a rainbow about 15 minutes until the first show, that quickly turned into a double rainbow for a brief moment, the campus a buzz with teacher, and student performers, parent volunteers, and the community of Maui. It was a sweet night even when the rain got us all wet, our spirits were filled with the captivating atmosphere that we created together.


  1. Fabulous... putting heart & soul into it all, like a fine recipe, everyone can feels the effort lifting everyone one skyward ... one joyous Humpty song !!! Bravo !

  2. Thank you for your comments Gary. Your words really capture the feeling of the event, and mean very much coming from an experienced runner/actor/comedian such as yourself.