As narrated by ol' Doug Fir (aka Grandson #1: Grayson):
Portland's original pristine views.
Native americans tell stories by the rainy river.
Trapping for beaver pelts leads to handsome hatwear in London.
Tired Oregon Trail immigrants and their oxen.
A photo op with Misters Overton, Pettygrove & Lovejoy (and a frog).
Happy, burly loggers.
Spotted owl and little blackbirds.
Confident Rosie the Riveters from Vanport!
Vaux Swifts circle the chimney at Chapman School.
Chorus & audience.
The production was incredibly comprehensive, lasting nearly 90 minutes as all three third-grade classes (Ms. Custis, Ms. Vestal & Mr. Scott) presented the story of the "civilizing" of Portland from the point of view of the native animals, elements, plants and humans--from its pristine origins to our present urban culture. I loved it!
Buckman is a magnet arts school and has a long tradition of excellent original theatrical productions. This musical play was accompanied by a 3-man jazz combo as well, but they were hunkered down in a dark corner, preventing me from getting a decent shot, darnit.
Grayson gave a truly polished performance, appearing onstage almost constantly, he never missed a cue or flubbed a single line! He's a natural actor. Baby brother Griffin seemed to know that this was Grayson's night and didn't fuss or make a peep the entire time.