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Children’s Assemblies

The SO THIS IS OPERA assembly series features performances by Ms. Lewis. Assemblies include operatic arias, storytelling and participation by the student audience. They actually learn an aria during the program, which they perform with Orff instruments. SO THIS IS OPERA! supplies the instruments for use during the performance.

In addition, a teacher guide, which contains pre- and post-performance activities, is available. These activities support core curriculum standards in reading, writing and language arts and can be used in conjunction with other state-mandated activities. The guide includes teaching strategies that will increase children’s appreciation and understanding of opera.

There are four individual assembly programs:

    • SO THIS IS OPERA, AN INTRODUCTION
    • STANDING UP TO BULLIES- Operas for students in pre-school – 2nd grade
    • SO THIS IS OPERA! THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
    • OPERAS WITH A FAIRY TALE TWIST
    • OPERAS TO MAKE YOU LAUGH – A focus on opera’s lighter side. Appropriate for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade

Sample assembly activity:
Discuss students’ previous experiences with and perceptions of opera. Make a list. After the performance, make another list of perceptions and compare the two. Did students’ feelings change or stay the same? Why?
Discuss sample reviews of performances in the local newspaper. Write a review of the assembly.

Artist in Residence

If opera immersion is more to your liking, a residency is available. Ms. Lewis spends one or two weeks in your school. Each grade level studies an opera. With the help of recordings and videotapes, students learn up to three selections from the opera, in the original language, with accompaniments for your classroom instruments created by SO THIS IS OPERA. The residency also includes creative writing, art, drama and research activities. A student performance for parents is the showcase at the end of the residency.

Sample Residency Activity

Students in second grade will study The Magic Flute. At the end of the opera, Papageno and Papagena live “happily ever after”. What does that mean? Write a sequel to the opera describing their life together.

Expected Outcomes:

    • Students will learn that an opera is a story set to music
    • Students will learn arias and recitative in opera and the function of each
    • Students will develop writing skills
    • Students will learn understand and create sequels to the opera

If you are interested in booking an assembly or residency program, please Contact Us.