CLIMB teaches recycling, waste reduction

When the “Space Baby” landed at Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids, Oct. 31, kindergarten through second-grade students learned all about environmental conservation.

Third- through fifth-grade students learned the same lesson through a play called “Flashback.”

CLIMB Theatre  worked closely with county and city representatives to write “Space Baby,” a new play for primary students.

This play teaches students about waste reduction, reuse and recycling. It even includes a section on greenhouse gases.

CLIMB also updated “Flashback” to reflect current scientific research.

Students gained valuable tools which could enable them to better care for the planet and to assert themselves when others disrespect the environment.

The city of Coon Rapids recycling program helped fund the performance at Eisenhower, said Cayla Marie Wolpers, performer and media liaison for CLIMB.

‘Space Baby’

When a spaceship crashes in her backyard, a precocious third-grader named Clara is suddenly tasked with looking after FargyGo, an otherworldly toddler.

Clara may know a lot about taking care of a two-year-old, but she certainly needs to learn more about taking care of her planet.

With the help of FargyGo and his mother OrigiMae, Clara and the kids in the audience learned to help earth by recycling and reducing greenhouse gasses.

‘Flashback’

A barren landscape. The constant sound of rushing wind. The future in which Dax lives is not a pleasant place.

Tired of getting oxygen through mechanical devices, tired of the heat, tired of the parched landscape, tired of what the world has become, Dax, with the help of SES (Save the Earth Society – the students in the audience), discovers a way to travel back in time to the present.

Once here, Dax sees that people have the means to preserve the environment through conservation of resources and reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

But a sort of lethargy has affected them and they believe that their individual efforts will have no effect.

Desperate to change the future by affecting the present, Dax attempts to convince them to change.

Will Dax succeed? That depends on the efforts that the student participants make after the performance ends, according to Wolpers.

About CLIMB Theatre

CLIMB Theatre is in its 38th year as a Minnesota 501(c)3 non-profit.

Each year, CLIMB brings its plays and classes to over 400 schools throughout Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin, reaching approximately 200,000 students annually.

In 2009, AATE (American Alliance for Theatre and Education) awarded CLIMB its prestigious Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award.

AATE is a national association existing “to promote standards of excellence in theatre and theater education.”

CLIMB’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes and other works that inspire and propel people, especially young people, toward actions that benefit themselves, each other and their communities.

To learn more about CLIMB Theatre visit www.climb.org.

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