Musical Play Outdoors: Connecting Music and Nature
H. Ellie Falter
At an amphitheater, children walk on the broad, grass steps that usually serve as seats for the audience. Eugene (age one and a half) brings a stick along on his meandering stroll. Earlier this day, he discovered for the first time that a stick is an amazing toy. Now Eugene only puts down his stick to pick up a different stick. Meanwhile, Caitlyn (age three and a half) climbs up the uneven, stone stairs to the stage. She treats us to an interpretive dance and her singing rendition of “ABCs.” Her tuneful singing is light yet still manages to carry when her dancing allows her to face the audience. When I applaud and Caitlyn takes a bow, Eugene loudly taps his stick on a stone stair. He squeals in delight at the sound.