By Eighth Grade English Teacher Lisa Quirk
The Living Wax Museum is a longstanding tradition at D-E. It has been an annual eighth grade event for over 20 years. One of the core concepts in the eighth grade English curriculum is empathy, and the Wax Museum gives each student an opportunity to walk a mile in another person’s shoes. At its core, the project is an independent reading opportunity. Each student reads a biography of his or her historical figure and then writes a monologue in the voice of that figure. The students design creative set backdrops and dress in costumes. The students have the opportunity to visit Lower and Middle School classrooms as well as perform for visitors in the Silberfein Gym. It truly is a community-wide event.
This year, we’ve been more intentional in involving multiple disciplines in the preparation for the Wax Museum. In addition to working in the English classroom, the entire eighth grade worked with [Visual Arts teacher] Lydia Scrivanich on set design and with [Performing Arts teacher] Carla Moriarty on public speaking skills. This year’s Wax Museum was truly a team effort!
Every year, all visitors have an opportunity to vote for their favorite characters in a number of categories. This year’s winners are:
Best Costume: Emily Mittleman ’19 as Princess Diana (pictured)
Best Set: Scarlett Diaz ’19 as Eva Peron
Most Creative: Anika Russak ’19 as Amy Winehouse
Most Knowledgeable: Brian Kim ’19 as Bruce Lee
Best Performance: Ryan Rodgers ’19 as Joan Rivers
Best Overall: Ehren Layne ’19 as Nelson Mandela
We also award some “Faculty Standouts.” Those went to Emma Plowe ’19 as Janis Joplin and Marcus Seeger ’19 as Leonardo Da Vinci.