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Yo-ho-ho – An ETC Drama Day

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Drama, Movement, Music, and Art – all in one day?

ETC was back at Cardinal Elementary last week for a Drama Day! ETC Drama Days offer a unique experience for students to participate in a day of the arts on teacher conference days and no school days.

Since 2006, ETC has been leading Drama Days at Cardinal Elementary where ETC teaching artists guide students through specialized workshops in drama, movement, music, and visual arts.

Last Friday 36 students from Cardinal Elementary used their bodies (while social distancing), their voices (through their masks), and imaginations to turn into swashbucklers and scalawags! The day was filled with fun pirate activities that culminated in a sharing outside for parents at the end of the day.

The sharing was a jolly good time!

Molly Kaufman had the K & 1st graders performing pirate improv and they used the acting game ‘Dissolve’ to build their very own ship from their imaginations.

Katie Colletta, one of our new fabulous teachers, led the movement workshops. The 2nd & 3rd graders performed a pirate dance, but not just any pirate jig, but one on the deck of a ship where the tossing and turning of waves created quite the commotion!

Nigel Rowe taught several fun songs throughout the day, but the 4th & 5th graders showed off their pirate skills by singing “Professional Pirates” from Muppet Treasure Island.

All students worked with Katie McCreary in her art rotation where each grade did their own project either creating their own floating pirate ships, eye patches, or treasure maps.

The day was fun-filled for teaching artists and students alike as it was so nice to share our love of the arts (and pirates) with students at Cardinal Elementary in-person!

Up Next

This Tuesday, November 2nd, students K-5th from all over Arlington will be having an Election Drama Day about mythical creatures! This program has already filled, but stay tuned we have more Drama Days on the way this fall and winter!

Visit our website for Drama Day and all other programs. Contact us and see what programming we could provide for your students at your school!


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