For the past several years, the Morris Brothers’ performance to the students of Wedgeworth Elementary has been an annual event funded by the Wedgeworth Elementary PTO.
The comedy duo travels to schools across the state and has also performed at Six Flags Over Texas, the Mall of America in Minnesota, the Greek Amphitheatre in Hollywood, and other venues across the nation.
The Morris Brothers school assemblies are written and performed by a licensed teacher and counselor and promote right choices in an entertaining and formed by a licensed teacher and counselor and promote right choices in an entertaining and age-appropriate way.
“It’s really funny. They also bring a message to us,” said Principal Elizabeth McDaniel to the children in the audience just before the show.
The show began with music that evoked a pep rally atmosphere. Homer and Rupert Morris (their stage names) led the students in a chant of “School’s Cool” while strumming toy guitars and waving pom-poms.
The Morris Brothers’ stage attire consisted of plaid shorts, mismatched socks, and pocket protectors loaded with enough pencils for an entire classroom of students.
“We want you to learn more, have more fun and grow up to be the best you can be,” was their message to the students.
Using props, the two explained to the students the importance of right choices, respect, teamwork, responsibility, and self-control. They stressed being prepared and being a good listener, and why it is best to stop and think before making a choice.
“Respect is treating others the way you want to be treated,” said one Morris brother.
Other words of wisdom included “To have friends, you have to be a friend,” and “Do it when the teachers ask you to do it the first time.”
The Morris Brothers told the students of the Trouble Brothers, using them as an example of the consequences of making bad choices.
“The Trouble Brothers were good athletes, but they couldn’t play because they didn’t use self-control,” said the Morris Brothers, who explained that self-control is knowing you can do something but deciding you won’t.
The program included upbeat music and audience participation, including some students being called from the audience to join the Morris Brothers on stage.
The Morris Brothers also talked about getting angry and then not making good choices. They then demonstrated the “chill drill,” which included taking deep breaths and can be performed to calm anger. “It (the chill drill) is the opposite of our normal response to anger,” said one Morris brother.
Other topics covered included “Believe you can achieve,” and “Pause before you make a choice. Ask ‘Is this going to hurt me? Break a rule? Going to get me in trouble?’”
The two also demonstrated the steps of being a good listener, which included having good eye contact, not talking and being responsive by shaking your head and also raising your hand when appropriate.
Once hosts of “The Fox 33 Kids Club” TV program which aired daily on KDAF Fox 33 in Dallas for five years, the wacky duo has been performing in schools for over 12 years and have reached over 2 million children with their powerful, character building lessons.
In addition to presenting fun, educational school assemblies, the Morris Brothers are also available to perform at corporate events, church parties, and other meetings and celebrations. For more information about the Morris Brothers, visit www.themorrisbrothers.net.