by Beth Brennan
Director of Early Childhood Programs
Thirty years ago, two teachers came across an old box of costumes in the attic of the Little School and decided it would be fun to perform a circus. Since then, the Kindergarten Circus has become one of the most cherished traditions at The Elisabeth Morrow School.
This year, one of the largest Kindergarten classes in school history delighted and amazed the audience with their dazzling acts. As always, the students selected the types of performers they wanted to be. They then developed their characters, polished their acts and added dashes of individual charm to entertain the parent and faculty spectators.
As the EMS Kindergarten Circus takes place at the end of the year, the performance reflects the students’ emerging independence and is generally considered a rite of passage for the school’s Early Childhood students who are moving up to the elementary grades, 1 through 4.
“Watching the Circus is pure joy”, says Amelia Gold, Head the Music Department at the School, “You see the innocence and sense of play at this age is something that cannot be captured at any other time in their lives!” As well, many of the school’s alumni still hold fond and vivid memories of their participation in the circus. Says alumna, Amanda Blumenstein, “I remember all of the words from when I did it sixteen years ago.”
Enjoy the slide show of images from today's performance (shown below). You can also catch the video of the Kindergarten Circus' traditional opening number by clicking here.