Spontaneously, our last day at Crann Og, we got permission to try out our performance at the local elementary school. Three classes, with children from 3 years old through sixth grade, we were welcomed with enthusiasm by the kids under 7, and with expertly raised skeptical eyebrows by the older crew.
But when Keenan started beatboxing to Gretel’s sultry “Ain’t no Sunshine,” the suspicious looks disappeared, and by the end, we had all sixty kids up and spellcasting with enthusiasm. Using fingers as wands, we explained how to find the right stick to make yourself a good wand over the summer. Then Keenan taught the entire crowd how to beat, and he was instantly a hero.
Our fifteen-minute performance turned into two and a half hours, and we were invited to come back anytime!