Century kids learn about ‘dragon’ themselves up

An acting troupe from the CLIMB Theatre presents an interactive play about resiliency and positive self talk.

Forsooth the Dragon (Maxine Ford) asks a member of the audience to tell her about something in their life that's been "dragon them down" during the "Dragon Shield" resiliency program Thursday at Century Elementary School. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

Elementary students learned about positive self talk (PST), the growth mindset, resiliency and what to do when something in your life is “dragon you down” during a special presentation Thursday at Century School.

Helping them learn about these positive coping skills were three cast members from the Inver Grove Heights-based CLIMB Theatre. Their performance was titled “The Show Must Go On.”

Bjorn Long and Jasmine Magner played a pair of twins, first seen playing in the park with their friend Benny, played by Maxine Ford. Tyree (Long) sees himself as failing when he faces challenges, like learning to ride a bike. Imani (Magner) keeps working to improve, but she doesn’t know how to help her brother change his negative mental attitude.

Then they meet Forsooth, a dragon also played by Ford. Forsooth has learned to accept her limits – like not being able to fly or breathe fire.

With help from the audience, Forsooth teaches the siblings about resilience – the ability to bounce back. For example, they learn to create a “dragon shield,” for example, by reciting some PST (pronounced “psst”) like, “I’ve got this. I can do this. Keep going. I’m OK.”

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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