Alexis Ledezma (left), 9, and Michael Custodio, 9, work on designing costumes for their upcoming play “The Emperor’s New Clothes” as part of the Odyssey program at Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg on Friday. The five-week-long experimental summer program splits students by sex in the morning for math and English, then brings them together to collaborate on producing a play in the afternoon. The whole program is backed by a $16,000 grant from the 21st Century Learning Centers at James Madison University. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Rachel Novi, an intern at JMU, works with student actors in the play. Interns in JMU’s theater education program are assisting with the production.
Sam Melkonian, an intern at JMU, talks with Alex Salazar-Mendoza (right), 9, while Jeter Hernandez, 8, looks on during preparations for the upcoming play at Smithland Elementary School on Friday.
Suzanne Gilchrist-Thompson, a teacher at Smithland Elementary School, helps Adan Salazar-Mendoza, 8, pick out fabric for costumes at the school on Friday.