PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Gr5 Together in Dance Immigration Musical Theatre

We have begun our Musical Theatre partnership with Together in Dance in conjunction with our Immigration Inquiry.


Musical Theatre is comprised of three main components: Singing, Acting and Dancing! It requires respectfulness, concentration, focused attention, and serious fun! Each actor is in charge of themselves and makes their own decisions! He/she needs to stay engaged and committed to fully express him/herself by learning how to fully convey emotions through acting, singing, dancing, teamwork and fun!


Through Musical Theatre we will tell stories about immigration and work together to express ourselves through music, singing, dancing, role play, empathy, collaboration and creativity!


Families will see glimpses of our process (here below) and will be invited to our Final Production/Performance Share in June, where students will perform four songs and scenes in total (two for 501 and two for 502). Something different that we are adding in this year is there will be a final fifth song created by our students, and the stories they tell about their immigration experiences from their perspectives and from the lives of their families’.


The photos below are from our very first residency intro class. Students learned what a TABLEAU is in theater. Then, they worked together in groups to create a TABLEAU of a happy event in their life. They had to work together in groups to share their happy event idea, but then had to work on compromising on one idea to create the TABLEAU as a group!

Tableau: a group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history; a tableau vivant.

There is also a very short clip of a video here below, too. We have started to learn the lyrics to our first song:

501 Brand New World

502 Rags

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – Oscar Wilde

“The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.” – Stella Adler

Emotions aren’t doable. Actions are doable, and if you do them correctly, they prompt the feelings.”  – Stella Adler, The Art of Acting

In the language of an actor, to know is synonymous with to feel.”  – Constantin Stanislavski


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  1. What are the different reasons immigrants come to the United States?
  2. In what ways do immigrants affect U.S. society?
  3. What challenges do immigrants face in the United States?
  4. How does immigration impact change in a community?
  5. Why would people leave their homelands and start life in a new country?
  6. How did Immigrants respond and adapt to life in their new home?

Making Thinking Visible:

Here are some thoughts, understandings and questions from our students as we explore and continue the journey in our Immigration Inquiry!

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