Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Night at the Opera!

At the end of March, a group of our staff and students were privileged to attend Turandot, the Opera, through Opera Connections- which connects local families and their children to this brilliant art form!

Before our big trip, Marilyn Eagin was kind enough to visit us during our Family Fun Night to give us some background on this fascinating story.

Students and their families were accompanied by our Education Coordinator, Maggie Negrete, to the classic tale of Turandot- an Italian story written in three parts. In this story, the ill-fated Prince Calaf has the misfortune of falling in love with the disinterested princess Turandot. He must solve three riddles to win her affections and hand in marriage, but will she be receptive to his devotion?

Since Turandot is set in China, we introduced our young friends to the Chinese art of Opera in Beijing, or Peking Opera! This highly expressive and stylistic form of Opera involves symbolic masks. We had so much fun exploring these masks and creating some of our own! 

Our students felt very inspired after their Opera excursion, even those who did not attend. The dramatic arts seem to have a ripple effect in such a way. We encourage all who have the opportunity to engage in local art and culture, you may be surprised by what you find! 

Onto the next act, 


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