On March 24th and 25th, over 200 4th grade students at ETM partner school PS 76 came together under the leadership of ETM Program Director Pete Pauliks and his staff to present the musical play THE ADVENTURES OF LEWIS AND CLARK, a performance that was the result of over 2 months of dedicated teamwork between the school and ETM.
During this raucous one-hour musical, students travelled with their audience back in time, as they took on the roles of a number of historical figures, including Napoleon, President Thomas Jefferson, and of course Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. These men's remarkable story came to life in this clever musical adaptation by Roger Emerson and John Jacobson, with 8 original songs and a delightfully entertaining script that followed Lewis and Clark as they travelled, explored and charted the new territories of the Louisiana Purchase in the early 1800s!
School concerts are part of the curriculum at Education Through Music's 22 partner schools. This year's concert is part of a school-wide initiative to bring social studies to life through music and the arts.
At P.S. 76, located in the Bronx. 96% of the students are ethnic minorities, and 94% are eligible for free or reduced price lunch, as determined by family income.
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Special thanks to PS 76 Principal Louise Sedotto and Assistant Principals Maria Cioffi and Karen Humphrey, as well as the 4th grade classroom teachers and all of the ETM TA's for the tremendous effort they put into this school-wide initiative. Special thanks to PS 76's art teacher Katie Hopkins, and production staff led by Michael Dion and Jessica Parr, who all worked together to bring this performance to life.