Zion students perform iAM

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Zion Lutheran School students, including Sam Klaustermeier as Moses, portray the Attack of the Amalekites during their production of iAM. (NYA Times staff photos by Adam Gruenewald)

by ADAM GRUENEWALD
NYA Times

Mixing technology and an impactful religious message worked well for the latest Cologne Zion Lutheran School spring play, iAM, which was performed last week.
It also helped to highlight the iPads students have been working with as well as religious themes.
“We look for plays that are applicable, like the message and music,” said third and fourth grade teacher Stephanie Morschen.
The play, which was created by Cyndi Nine, Rob Howard and David Guthrie, was selected by teachers Morschen, Jean Lindquist and Brittany Moen. It highlights the workings of an App Factory and the efforts of super App-designer Solomon and his team.
In the play, five children tour the factory which anticipates the worlds’ needs, learning about a brand new App where their personalities are scanned into the game.
Through the game, they learn they are unique creations by God and the importance of God’s teachings.
“I guess the main idea is we have all this wonderful technology to use,” Morschen said. “It’s great that we can learn about God but we also need to pay attention to God’s message.”
The play involved the efforts of about 25 students, including three kindergartners, who started rehearsing in small groups to learn their parts and lines, before joining together for rehearsals.
“I think it’s great for the younger kids to be able to learn from the older kids,” Morschen added. “During the end we have a lot of big rehearsals and they learn a lot.”
Morschen added that the musical comedy worked well for the students because it included fun songs as well as comedic App-puns.
The main challenge with the play was sorting out the music and lyrics, as well as coordinating technology, Morschen said.
One unique part of the play was that it incorporated two adults, Pastor Eric Zacharias and Lisa Traver, who played parents of some of the kids touring the factory.
Overall, Morschen said the play was relatable as students are learning about technology since iPads were introduced to some classes at the beginning of the year and others were introduced to them at the start of second semester.
“It’s fun for our students,” said Morschen. “This is the first year of iPads in the classrooms so it’s relevant for the kids.”
For more information, visit www.zioncologne.org.

Contact Adam Gruenewald at adam.gruenewald@ecm-inc.com.

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