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Glenwood 5th Graders Learn How To Make Fools of Selves

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“Yes, the 5th Graders of Glenwood have been practicing the studied tomfoolery of the Commedia Dell’Arte, from the 16th and 17th Centuries, including lazzi like “Dead and Alive,” in which a player attempts to get rid of an uncooperative corpse.”  Youth in Arts Mentor Artist, Eliot Fintushel shares. “We also perfected the skills of tripping over our own feet and bumping into walls–without injury, of course, though it looks catastrophic!  I had a lovely time with the enthusiastic, engaged students at Glenwood Elementary School.”

Glenwood Elementary’s wonderful art teacher, Molly Blauvelt, helped the students make their own half masks, which are traditional in Commedia dell’ Arte performances.  The masks turned out great, and were a perfect addition to Eliot’s instruction.  Thank you, Molly and the entire Glenwood Elementary School staff!


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