Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Boston Tea party

Emma's class have been rehearsing hard for a play of the Boston Tea Party. To those that don't know what this is (probably applies to everyone who is not from the Northeast of America!), it was a protest by colonists in Boston (or was it Dunkin Donuts employees?) about taxes on tea. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by adding the milk before the teabag had time to brew properly.....
Sorry, couldn't resist......they destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The crisis escalated, and the American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775 which ultimately lead to America's independance from Great Britain. Smart move, who knows what would've happened if independence hadn't? Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts wouldn't have existed (Brits prefer tea to coffee), which would not be good. But at least Hershey's chocolate and baseball may not have existed either, I suppose there's an up-side to everything....
Anyway, I digress.

We went to see the performance this evening. Emma played a British soldier who, for some reason, I imagined would have a broad North Yorkshire accent ("Now then, We don't want no trouble")

All the kids did really well, making the best of only having one microphone which they had to pass around to each speaker. I did a bit of filming - the results are below.

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