Conference for Educators Explores Cinderella Themes

January 14th, 2003 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The eighth annual Integrated Arts Conference January 25 at Plymouth State College will show teachers and professionals how they can explore the themes and ideas found in the musical, Cinderella, through various forms of art. The conference is sponsored by the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) and coincides with ETC’s production of Cinderella at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.

Dr. Dennise Bartelo will give the keynote address “Cinderella: A Timeless Tale in Countless Cultures or It’s All about the Shoes.” Dr. Bartelo is associate vice president, Division of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education and Outreach at PSC. The conference also features seven workshops dealing with different ways to apply ideas from the play in various forms and expressions.

TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility), PSC’s professional children’s touring theatre, will perform A Bully Isn’t Your Friend …Yet!. The play was developed from the writings of kindergarten through eighth grade children on the subject of bullying. Conference participants are also slated to see the Saturday matinee performance of Cinderella.

Workshops include:
Where Dreams Come True: The Transforming Power of the Visual Arts, by Laura Hutchins, art educator at Newfound Regional High School, will discuss how to use the latest research to become an advocate for the arts.

The Prince Is Giving a Ball, by Carole Morrison, founder of B.P. Dance Studio and PSC adjunct faculty member, will demonstrate how to bring stories and characters to life using a variety of movement techniques.

Instant Enchantments: Making Poetry Come Alive through Performance, by Mark Roberts, national writing project fellow and grade five teacher, Mildred C. Lakeway School, will lead collaborative poetry writing and group improvisational pre-writing activities.

Fairy Tales and Fundamentals, by Cynthia Croasdale, primary teacher, Plymouth Elementary School, will explore how fairy tales can enliven language arts curriculum and infuse classrooms with the arts.

In My Own Little Corner, by Michael Stoddard ’01, professional actor, director, choreographer and teacher, will demonstrate how using drama can enhance creativity and stimulate the imaginations of children in the classroom.

Syncopated Cinderella, by Randy Armstrong, co-founder of Doah World Music Ensemble, professional musician, teacher and N.H. Artist in Residence, will explore the many cultures where the Cinderella story is found using a variety of percussion instruments.

It’s Possible: Schools Creating Positive Change through the Arts: Implementing the Integrated Instructional Model (IIM) at Ashland, Inter-Lakes and Gilford Elementary, by Cynthia Vascak, PSC coordinator of art education and project director, IIM; and Wendy Oellers, IIM team leader and primary teacher, Gilford Elementary School, will explore how to move from theory into practice to implement comprehensive arts integration in your school.

Graduate credit is available by contacting Dr. Trish Lindberg, 603-535-2647, or by email to,

Registration is $85 and includes workshops, teacher resource book, staff development certificate, lunch, TIGER performance and Cinderella. For more information, contact Gail Carr, Division of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education and Outreach at, 603-535-2228 or by email,