A New Play by Professor Gardinier Halstead
The new play "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead is a modern take on the golden rule with humor, heart, and larger-than-life characters. Based on the concepts of two of Carol McCloud's award-winning books, the play tells the story of Trey, a 4th grade student who learns about bucket filling from his camp counselor Mimi, Professor Smarty Pants III, and Bucket Filling Fairy (BFF), a magical creature who speaks in rhyme.
This theatrical adaptation is a fun and effective way for schools and theatre companies to address bullying. Gifford Family Theatre, a professional youth theatre company in Syracuse, New York, did a workshop production of the play in July of 2011. Gardinier Halstead served as playwright-in-residence, revising the script during rehearsals. Then in December of 2011, Ann Marie directed St. Lawrence students in the updated version of the play; they performed it for elementary school children in Canton, New York.
The play available at www.bucketfillingplay.com reflects the changes inspired by both productions.