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ERIC Number: ED400550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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The Magical Place Called Opera.
Raplenovich, Kay
Active Learner: A Foxfire Journal for Teachers, v1 n1 p20-23 Aug 1996
"Create Your Own," month-long "Artist in Education" residencies sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, are used to guide students and teachers through the process of taking the vision of an original opera conceived by students and turning it into a reality. A local opera company is actually created. "Create Your Own" shows children that opera can be understood and approached as a method of spinning a tale. They can learn to tell stories they have created through singing because opera uses the natural, integrated aspects of a child's life--drama, music, movement, and the visual arts. First the children are introduced to opera by pulling everything they need out of an old trunk, helping students connect with the art form. For those who care nothing about singing, physical skills are necessary to construct a set. The project is run like a professional opera company--each student signs a contract for agreed services and maintaining course work during the project. Students write everything--dialog, music, stage cues--and construct all the scenery and take care of props, costumes, makeup, and lighting. To perform, they must audition. Performance skills grow as students work through the performance process. An all-school and evening community performance as well as tours to other schools or senior citizens centers provide opportunities for students to build their skills. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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