Eisenhower students sing, dance, perform during Allied Arts Night

The hallways adorned with original artwork and melodies merrily bouncing from wall to wall in the gymnasium, Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids, celebrated its annual Allied Arts Night March 26.

Fourth-graders Kayla Krell and Sarah Al-Ramahi hit a high note as they play their recorders during Eisenhower Elementary School’s Allied Arts Night March 26.Photo by Sue Austreng
Fourth-graders Kayla Krell and Sarah Al-Ramahi hit a high note as they play their recorders during Eisenhower Elementary School’s Allied Arts Night March 26.Photo by Sue Austreng

The school choir performed several numbers and then fourth-graders presented 16 selections, skillfully and energetically playing their recorders for an appreciative audience.

The closing act of the night had first- and second-graders singing, dancing and entertaining in full costume as they took the stage to perform “E-I-E-I Oops!”, a musical written by John Jacobson and John Higgins about life on the farm and a cow that won’t moo.

Parents helped decorate the stage and surrounding area and made costumes for the cast of characters, too.

Outside the gymnasium, the halls were covered with samples of the students’ best artwork: folk art roosters, cultural heritage posters, Adinkra cloths illustrating West African wisdom, gilded trees, paper monkeys, children’s renditions of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and more.

“This is always such a great night. So full of energy and fun. The kids love it,” one parent said as students took a final bow and exited the stage.

With rooster Jack Bilben leading the way, a flock of chicks brainstorm ways to get the “Moo!” out of a cow that won’t. arm animals and the newly-mooing cow move in merry manner as “E-I-E-I Oops!” comes to a close. Her confidence boosted and her spirits high, beautiful bovine Julia Kolonight lets out a long, melodious “Moo” and fellow farm animals rejoice. A pair of cute chicks – Jeweliana Hoehle and Haizela Wu – and a piglet, Aiden Tran, join cast mates making their entrance as Eisenhower Elementary School students perform “E-I-E-I Oops!” during the school’s Allied Arts Night March 26. Music teacher Cathy Yseth directs Eisenhower Elementary School fourth-graders as they perform on their recorders during the school’s March 26 Allied Arts Night. With his eyes fixed on director Cathy Yseth, Nicholas Pavek keeps perfect pitch while performing the “English Chant.” Framed by classmates’ recorders and standing in front of original artwork, fourth-grader Lucas Wibben joins the “Song Bird” chorus as students perform during Eisenhower Elementary School’s Allied Arts Night.
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A pair of cute chicks – Jeweliana Hoehle and Haizela Wu – and a piglet, Aiden Tran, join cast mates making their entrance as Eisenhower Elementary School students perform “E-I-E-I Oops!” during the school’s Allied Arts Night March 26.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]