Shadow puppets were the class theme at Ronald McDonald House. So we ask what comes out of the shadows and the adventures begin. For a rainy day, what better than to create a big pot of soup and then the question is: What goes in it? The yummy results came from a very creative, busy and fun group of puppeteers.
When it’s too hot to go outdoors for sidewalk art, Breanna’s Gift teacher Kim brings the sidewalk inside. The walk was about 20 feet long when we started and by the time everyone was finished, it was full of fun drawings and got another 6 feet longer. Board of Directors Vice President, Billy, helped the kids execute some ideas, encouraged them to think and draw big. He was king of the chalk.
We’ve all experienced drama in many different forms, right? Well, the drama we are talking about is Drama Camp! Breanna’s Gift Drama Camp is offered at Ronald McDonald House every summer and this year was all about “Annie.” Our camp leader is Anne McNaughton, who for the past 7 years has led the kids in producing scenes from different musicals. Camp lasts for 3 afternoons, and you’d be amazed at what the kids accomplish. They paint their costumes, rehearse their lines, learn 2 dances; then they paint the scenery, rehearse their lines and 2 dances; then they paint their cast photo frames, rehearse their lines and yes, their 2 dances. What’s next? It’s show time! I’m pretty sure this was a performance of scenes from “Annie” like no other. The results were perfect with lots of applause and lots of smiles from everyone. We thank all of our young actors and actresses, our camp director Anne, our dance teacher Shelley and our camp volunteers, Liz and Mandy, for working so hard in putting it all together. Our drama unfolded and created something very special.
We love sharing great news! Our program has expanded at all 3 of our current locations.
Classes continue at Ronald McDonald House where we have added Art Takeout to the mix. Ronald McDonald House is now receiving our Art Takeout projects and bringing them to the kids at the 3 remote Ronald McDonald Houses located in Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses and Gillette Children’s Hospital.
At Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul we have expanded our program from 3 Fridays a month to every Friday.
At Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis as our classes continue every Wednesday on the Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Care floors; we have added classes and room to room visits on the Cardiovascular Care and Pediatric Intensive Care floors.
We announce this news with joy and enthusiasm as we bring the arts and that many more smiles to the children that we are privileged to work with.
Some might say that serving on a board of directors is all work and no play. Breanna’s Gift can prove otherwise, as our board president spent some time volunteering at our art and dance classes. He helped with a printmaking project and showed us that he had a few secret moves. Who knew? Thanks Rick!
Diorama’s are the best for creating a scene and telling a story. Our artists made mini-dioramas, but the stories were very grand. They made a girl jumping off a rock into a stream; a dog dreaming of a bone he couldn’t quite reach; and our featured diorama has a search for sea shells in Alaska next to a stream where a big yellow bird was quenching his thirst. With imagination, the sky’s the limit.
Slippers vs tap shoes, that is the question. And it was a tough decision for one of our hospital dancers. Dance class was the best, but he couldn’t part with his slippers. Who would?
Sometimes dance can be quite the juggling act and you don’t even realize how many balls are in the air. It’s all about the music, the costumes, the tap shoes, the dance props and sometimes a medical backpack. And with all of that………… the beat goes on!
We are so honored to have a very hard working board of directors. Everyone on our board takes an active role in a variety of Breanna’s Gift needs, from helping Breanna’s Gift to become better known in the community to volunteering with our teachers and getting a chance to spend some time with the children. It’s a chance to see our program close up and personal and the kids love it.