Telling tales of courage

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    left, Lavery Greenfield and Max Hartley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter School students, perform a scene in a play called "Immigration Stories." —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

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    left, Lola Wiemeyer and Bea Hamilton , Hilltown Cooperative Charter School students, perform a scene in a play called "Immigration Stories," where they have to say good by to their family pet before immigrating to America. —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

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    Jack Nayak, a Hilltown Cooperative Charter School student, perform a scene in a play called "Immigration Stories." —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

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    Theo Reilly, a Hilltown Cooperative Charter School student, perform a scene in a play called "Immigration Stories." —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

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    Trevor Dan, a Hilltown Cooperative Charter School student watches as other students perform a play called "Immigration Stories," Thursday afternoon. —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

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    Hilltown Cooperative Charter School students, perform a scene in a play called "Immigration Stories." —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

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    Hilltown Cooperative Charter School students, perform a scene in a play called "Immigration Stories." —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

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Published: 4/28/2017 10:51:50 PM

EASTHAMPTON — Fourth and fifth grade students studying immigration from Europe to America during the 20th century had an opportunity to learn the topic through theater.

Over the past two months, students at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter School worked with the Piti Theatre Company, based in Shelburne Falls, to create a play following the experiences of immigrants as they departed their home abroad and traveled to Ellis Island.

On Thursday, students performed the play “Immigration Stories” for fellow students as well as friends and family. The play consisted of a series of sketches including a story of a child leaving her pet dog behind before traveling to America.

Piti’s residency at the school was funded by a $5,000 grant from the Mass Cultural Council’s STARS residencies program (Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars).

Jonathan Mirin, co-owner of the Piti, said a series of scenes and songs in the play address many of the same issues immigrants face today.

“Right now we have millions and millions of people around the world displaced due to war and poverty,” Mirin said.


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