Once upon a time

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Reinhard second-graders dressed as fairy princesses, princes, farmers, kings and queens as they performed short plays based on the fairytales “The 12 Dancing Princesses,“ “Many Moons” and “One Gift Deserves Another” (“The Turnip”) for parents and peers. The plays were a culmination of workshops led by artist-in-residence Lorraine Zeller-Agostino. 

For the past several weeks, Ms. Zeller-Agostino worked with students on their nonverbal improvisational acting techniques through the study of fairytales. In addition to reading and studying fairytales, the students learned to depict expression, emotion and choral techniques. The goals of the program were to provide students with the opportunity to explore their creativity, learn cooperation skills, feel successful and explore the art of drama.  

Ms. Zeller-Agostino explained, “We are bringing these stories to life and have learned that there are many versions to a story by the way we transport ourselves into the characters.”