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Connecticut Legends and Lore - Assembly (elementary)

Last changed: 05/29/2019 11:30am
3 , 4 , 5
Theatre Social Studies
Grade Level Program Access
1 60 min
This show has 21 students from the audience who join me on stage. Sometimes this causes variation in the length of the show from 1 hour to 1 hour ten minutes. If there are time constraints, let me know ahead of time, and I will adjust the program to your needs.
In-School Performance In-School Performance (intended for the entire grade level to experience together)
Available January - June
$10 0
no Phone
Performance set, props, student costumes. Follow Up Educational Guides for Teachers. Guides could be sent electronically or paper, if preferred.
Copies of the pre and post surveys for their students. (original survey provided by the artist)Optional: School camera. There are 21 students who are picked to perform parts in this show, many with large props or costume pieces. Many teachers enjoy taking photos of their students during this show.
Performance space, 10' x 15', plus room to seat the audience of several classes. The whole grade level watches the performance at once. This space does not need to be an auditorium. Cafeterias, gymnasiums or large open rooms are fine. A microphone if more than 250 students attend.
I can understand what a legend is and that there are many legends that tell the history of our state.
I can see that stories were an important part of shaping our state’s history.
I can see that stories and legends about Connecticut are everywhere, if I look for them.

There are schools in CT where I have returned each year for 20 years with this show. This is unheard of in the performing community. Reason? Highly informative, and extraordinarily fun!

Students learn Connecticut history first hand, by becoming the Charter Oak, visiting the Leatherman, sinking a house in Salem’s Gardner Lake, feeding oysters to George Washington’s horse, and getting married at Bride’s Brook. No fewer than twenty- one audience participation characters involved. An annual favorite for many schools celebrating Connecticut, who have requested this performance for up to 16 years in a row! Connecticut Legends and Lore shares five regional legends including "The Charter Oak", a state legend from Hartford, "George Washington and his Horse" (Bridgeport), "The Leather Man" (Northwest, CT) "The House in Gardner Lake" (Salem), and "Bride's Brook" (Niantic). It is a visual extravaganza of story, song, and 21 guest performers with large visual props and costume pieces. Comparing and contrasting modern inventions with historical ingenuity, each legend peaks into real life conflicts, solutions and living conditions in our history. Perfect for students in grades 3-5.
There are many good chances for student photos in the show. Teachers may want to take pictures.
There are 21 student participants in this show. The audience also sings along, and participates. Participation activities are easy to follow and created for the success of all students. There are no behind the scene jobs, but plenty of on the scene parts.

Grade 3

Grade 3: Perspectives HIST 3.4 Explain connections among historical contexts and people’s perspectives at the time.
HIST 3.5 Describe how people’s perspectives shaped the historical sources they created.
Grade 3: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
 A. Consider multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Grade 3: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
 B. Consider multiple ways to develop a character using physical characteristics and prop or costume design choices that reflect cultural perspectives in drama/theatre work.

Grade 4

Grade 4: Perspectives HIST 4.1 Explain connections among historical contexts and people’s perspectives at the time
Grade 4: Causation and Argumentation HIST 4.2 Explain probable causes and effects of events and developments.
Grade 4: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
 A.Compare and contrast multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Grade 4: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
 B. Compare and contrast the qualities of characters in a drama/theatre work through physical characteristics and prop or costume design choices that reflect cultural perspectives.

Grade 5

Grade 5: Perspectives HIST 5.4 Explain why individuals and groups during the same historical period differed in their perspectives.
Grade 5: Causation and Argumentation HIST 5.9 Explain probable causes and effects of events and developments.
Grade 5: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
 A. Justify responses based on personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Grade 5: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
 B. Explain responses to characters based on cultural perspectives when participating in or observing drama/theatre work.