Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples' Ears

Three days into the 13th annual Camp Monarch, the performance is already beginning to take shape! This year, we are going to tell the story of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples' Ears by Verna Aardema..  In this West African folk tale a mosquito brags to an iguana that he spied a farmer digging yams as big as mosquitoes. The iguana scoffs at such a notion and refuses to listen to any more nonsense. Grumbling, he puts sticks in his ears and scuttles off through the reeds and sets off a chain reaction among myriad animals inhabiting the same landscape.

So far, our Caterpillar group (ages 5-7) danced like vipers, transformed each other into statues, and created a jungle soundscape. Our Butterflies (ages 8-12) created an African inspired banner in the tradition of West African art. In dance, they learned to interpret the movements of the Agamas lizard with their bodies and music class introduced them to Zimbabwean marimba using percussion instruments.

Friendships are developing effortlessly between the children and they are having so much fun running and playing outside during our breaks. We feel grateful to have such talented young artists with us this year! I can't wait to see what the rest of the week will bring!

Keep an eye open on Instagram @monarch_arts or Twitter (@MonarchArtsEd) for pictures of our daily activities!

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Erin Deighton

Director, Monarch Arts Education