South Orangetown Central School District

Fourth graders at Cottage Lane Elementary School are taking the stage with productions of “The American Revolution” this week! All fourth grade classes have been working with Stage Left Children’s Theater Artistic Director and Instructor Ayn Lauren since the beginning of the school year as part of the District’s theater enrichment program.

“The Stage Left program provides students with the opportunity to engage with the ELA and Social Studies curriculum through the Arts. Students are so excited about the play! They stop Miss Ayn in the hallway as third graders asking about when they will have their chance to be in the play! The excitement the students bring to their classes with Stage Left is apparent to everyone in the school,” said K-5 Instructional Literacy Coach Kristy Nadler. “This excitement allows students to connect deeply with the American Revolution content. Not only are students learning about the American Revolution, they are learning important public speaking skills. We are so lucky to have Stage Left and Miss Ayn in our schools.”

As students have been busy rehearsing for the play over the last several weeks, they also created artwork inspired by the time period and wrote diary entries from the perspective of someone who lived during the American Revolution. Their original artwork and writing is displayed for parents and families to view following their performances.

Second graders at William O. Schaefer Elementary School have also been working alongside Stage Left Children’s Theater and will be taking the stage next with performances of “The Wizard of Oz” in May! 

Grade 4 American Revolution play