Two sets of kindergartners and third-graders at Connetquot Elementary School teamed up to show their international prowess and entertain their parents with a Mexican-themed, Spanish-language version of “The Little Red Hen” (“La Gallina Pequeña Roja”), written and directed by the school’s music teacher Eileen Egbert.
Wendy Frees’ third-grade class performed with Moira Timmer’s kindergartners on May 31; the following day featured Carolyn Biscardi and Maria Marinelli’s third-graders teaming up with Nicole Hoffmann’s kindergarten class.
“This was a great introduction to the stage for our kindergartners, and an opportunity for the third-graders to be buddies,” said Egbert.
The play was developed by Egbert to enhance the third-grade students’ recent classroom studies on Mexican culture, food and geography, including a segment where art teacher Elizabeth Sullivan had the students make Day of the Dead masks and dolls.
Describing a humorous moment in the play where the kindergartners had a chance to dance and sing with the older students, Egbert remarked, “Since we are very conscious of good health, the Little Red Hen took her ‘chicks’ into the courtyard for ‘morning exercises’ – in other words, the ‘Chicken Dance.’ Those kindergartners danced their feathers off!”
Other performances in Connetquot’s “Little Red Hen” included a Spanish rendition of “Frère Jacques” and a counting of the chicks in both Spanish and English to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.”