Kindergarten play a first at Monticello
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Goldilocks performance at Monticello
Monticello Elementary School kindergartners make school history on Thursday when the students of Erin Castle performed "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" in front of the entire school in the multipurpose room at 1001 Cambridge Lane. Pictured tasting their porridge were actors Ethan Young, Michelle Thomatis and Cali Krowl as the Three Bears. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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Singing and dancing on stage, a group of 5- and 6-year-olds made Monticello Elementary School history on Thursday morning as the school’s first kindergarten class to perform a play before the entire school.

Under the direction of their teacher, Erin Castle, the students performed “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” in the school’s multipurpose room at 1001 Cambridge Lane.

“They’re a little nervous,” Castle said as her students took the stage in costumes portraying playful animal and storybook characters. “This is the biggest crowd they’ve performed before.”

Prior to Thursday, the children had rehearsed their production for an audience of five, she said.

After years of teaching her third-graders how to perform on stage, Castle, now a kindergarten teacher, decided to take on the challenge of teaching kindergartners the same thing.

Castle said that people had told her it was impossible to teach such young children how to perform on stage, but on Thursday, her students proved those people wrong when they performed 10 songs that included “Here Comes Goldilocks” and “Someone’s Been Eating My Soup.”

Leila Montour said she enjoyed playing Goldilocks.

“My favorite part was sleeping on the beds,” she said, referring to her character testing each of the beds used by the three bears. “It was fun.”

Castle said the children had a month to prepare for their performance.

•Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at or 830-4225.

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