A group of homeschoolers from Logos Public Charter School gave Rogue Valley Mall shoppers an early Halloween treat Saturday.
An flash-mob performance by more than 30 umbrella-wielding students — from third-graders through high-school seniors — drew an enthusiastic response that provoked an instant encore.
On a day when the parking lot was packed and stores were flooded with holiday shoppers, the Logos group took center stage below the food court, performing "Singin' in the Rain."
"We've been working on this since the day after Labor Day," said drama teacher Catherine Pearson.
"Performing in this kind of venue gets the kids out of their comfort zone a little bit," Pearson said. "And it offers their parents a chance to see their kids in the spotlight."
After doing a play based on Joan of Arc last year at North Medford High School, Pearson sought out a different stage for her class. She decided to go with "Singing in the Rain" after reviewing flash-mob episodes on YouTube.
"Public school students perform during the holidays and at graduation, but homeschooled children often are overlooked," Pearson said. "What I found so wonderful was seeing tiny, dainty-tulip third-graders doing the same choreography as high schoolers. They really dedicated themselves to do something that normally wouldn't have been offered at their age."
Pearson performed in dramatic events at George Fox University.
"I was a hands-on learner, and a lot of the students here are hands-on learners," she said. "They're able to turn all of that energy into something productive and provide entertainment collectively."
The troupe will perform for parents at the school on Monday and then re-enact the flash mob on Friday, Nov. 2 at Vogel Plaza in downtown Medford.
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