I have an idea. It's a bit overwhelming, a bit crazy, and a whole lot of work, but I want to do it.
In my valley (mine! All Mine!) there are 6 small SDA schools within about 250 kilometres of each other...and who interact very little. With one exception, all of the schools are just Elementary/Middle schools, and typically it is only students in older grades who get to be a part of multi-school events. This year I initiated and facilitated The Great Resource Exchange, swapping everything from tables and chairs to textbooks.
In my life I have been blessed to be a part of many choirs who have performed a lot of great music. One choir that stands out was Auntie Nancy's homeschool choir where we performed the Christmas Messiah for Young Voices and the Easter Messiah for Young Voices. I was fortunate enough to be able to direct two different choirs in performing the Christmas Messiah, one in Saipan and one in Kelowna.
I love directing musicals of all sorts...but am rather sick of the somewhat inane performances that seem to be ubiquitous with elementary schools. So...I thought...
Combining the Topics:
...Let's do an all-school performance of the Messiah! That's right! Let's do a wee bit of editing to combine the Christmas and Easter Messiah for Young Voices (meaning, I'll do it), get all the schools involved (if they're willing), pick a somewhat neutral location (for several of the schools argue and bicker with great regularity), and just go for it!
The Crazy Idea:
Pick several songs that all schools will do as a mass choir (Hallelujah, For Unto Us A Child Is Born, etc), assign a couple of songs for each school to do individually, assign the speaking/reading parts to students from each school, and have at it! Pick a Sabbath, have a group church service/potluck lunch, do a quick dress rehearsal (for the mass choir songs, especially), and perform it Saturday evening for all of the school and church families. Wouldn't that be amazing? It's my plan for next year (2012-2013), in March, hopefully.
It's crazy, it's a bit overwhelming, but it just might work!