Students introduced to Shakespeare, ballet and more through SPAC program

students with teacher at SPAC

A performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the New York City Ballet was just one great feature of a program bringing the arts this school year, summer – and beyond – to Stillwater students.

“On July 15, some of our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students viewed a performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by the the New York City Ballet,” said Stillwater Elementary Music Teacher Rachael O’Neill. “All of our 4th – 6th grade students were able to participate in this free program offered by the SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) Classical Kids Program.

“During the school year, our students were introduced to the story by William Shakespeare and the music by Felix Mendelssohn during their regular music classes. They also all watched and participated in the virtual ballet program provided by the New York City Ballet.

“After the virtual program, all of the students were able to sign up for two free amphitheater tickets (one for the student and one for a grown-up to go with them) to see the ballet over the summer,” O’Neill said.

“The students who have participated in all aspects of the program, including attending the July 15 performance, now qualify for a free lawn pass. The pass provides each student with two lawn tickets to any classical performance (ballet or orchestra) until they graduate high school! What a wonderful opportunity for our Stillwater students!”