Second graders in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District performed three special readers’ theater short plays for parents and fellow students at APW Elementary School recently.
The 14 students, who participated in the performances in Mary Alice Flynn’s primary art class, read three Greek myths and acted them out in a special theatrical performance in the same way Greek tragedies were performed in ancient Greece.
The students have been studying ancient Greek civilization and Greek myths and Flynn decided to incorporate that classroom study with art class.
The students read the plays, memorized their parts and helped design and create the costumes and props used in the performances.
The dramatization of what students have been learning in class also served to reinforce the modules of their English Language Arts study on Greek culture and history.
The art class incorporated several forms of art expression in the plays: visual art, performance art, drama, costume design and more.