Brentwood School kindergarteners and first graders put on their annual production, "Celebration of Spring," earlier this month in the multipurpose room, which was decorated to look like a garden bursting into bloom with flowers made by the children. Directed by music teacher Mark Morello, the productions featured classes from each grade teaming up in groups to sing songs of the season such as "Three Little Tulips" and "Nature Is Very Busy," recite poems about daffodils and robins, share facts about honey bees and even sing some patriotic tunes.
The grand finale for each performance came when the classes combined to perform Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," a favorite of students of all grades. The young singers made motions and animated faces to various parts of the composition and schoolmates in the audience followed right along.
Students and teachers began preparing for the shows last month when they returned from spring break. Morello thought his students were "outstanding," while their instructors worked diligently, teaching the youngsters to master the many pieces of music and poetry.
"Both kindergarten- and first-grade students were very excited to perform for their parents, and their enthusiasm really showed on stage," Morello said.