First-graders from Connetquot Elementary said goodbye to winter and hello to spring with a rousing performance of original musical play, “The Mitten,” adapted by Connetquot music teacher Eileen Egbert from Jan Brett’s book of the same name. Based on a Ukrainian folk tale, “The Mitten” tells the story of forest animals finding a white mitten. They cram inside it, causing it to stretch until the animals are propelled out of the mitten by a bear’s sneeze.
Singing in a variety of languages (including English, Spanish, Turkish and Russian), the students brought the play’s various characters to life, including snowflake narrators, Baba the grandmother and forest animals such as mole, rabbit, hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear and field mouse. Enhanced by sets created by Egbert with the assistance of Connetquot art teacher Elizabeth Sullivan, “The Mitten” also incorporated geography, mathematics, sequencing and patterns in keeping with Connetquot’s goal of cross-curricular enrichment.