Albert Einstein, Al Capone and Susan B. Anthony jumped from the pages of the history books Friday, and made an appearance at a school in Long Beach to share a history lesson with the students.
The Gail Keenan Art Center at Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach turned into a wax museum Friday afternoon. What made the museum different was the characters actually came to life.
"My name is Mary Tudor. I am known for being the first ruling queen of England, but I am also known as the mean, scowling, Bloody Mary," the girl portraying Tudor said in a sinister voice.
The student who played the role of "Bloody Mary" was sixth grader Olivia Alarcon. The fifth and sixth graders have been conducting research on historical figures. The fifth graders focused on American history, while the sixth graders studied world history.
The students dressed in character and posed for visitors. Then they breathed life into the person they chose to portray. There was a wide range of intriguing characters like artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci, Joan of Arc, Apple founder Steve Jobs and many presidents and princesses.
The students had to apply all sorts of research skills, like memorization, technology and oral presentation.
"We create a power point, write an essay and the children write their speech and recite their speech, and they get to become the characters which makes it more fun for them to learn," said teacher Colette Weber.
All the students from Coast Episcopal School took turns visiting the museum and learning about each character.
"I really don't like speaking in a monotone voice. I think that makes history boring. So I tried to really imagine myself being the character I'm portraying and kind of I imagine what they would feel talking and so I tried to express that," said fifth grader Abigail Bosarge.
"It's like you do all this research, and you get to learn about other people's too. Then you get to dress up as them and just say what you learned and share it with other people," said fifth grader Michael Kyriakoudes.
The students have been researching their historical figures and practicing their roles since January.