Adams, Washington First-Graders Perform Opera

Record Number: 18695
Displayed from: May 20, 2019 , until: Jul 20, 2019

First-graders at Adams and Washington elementary schools will perform their own operas this week. Washington students will perform at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21; and Adams will perform at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.

Over the course of the school year, the first-graders have worked with Heartland Sings, a non-profit vocal musical company based in Fort Wayne, to learn about opera while mastering the grade’s English-Language Arts standards. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the students worked with vocal artists, Stephanie Carlson, Jerome Sibulo and Andrew Nesler from Heartland Sings, to explore Language Arts through the world of opera. This spring, the students worked to create all aspects of the story and music for their own original operas. In addition to Language Arts Curriculum, these operas incorporate the 21st Century Skills of teamwork, collaboration, problem solving, creative thinking, critical thinking and perseverance.

The goal of Heartland Sing’s Arts Integrated Residency is to allow for collaboration between vocal artists, teachers and school administrators to create educational programming that enhances student achievement by integrating arts and the core curriculum of language arts, math and science. Heartland’s Arts Integrated Residency allows students to learn in a variety of ways through the genre of opera.

At Washington, students will perform “A Train Yard of Hungry Ghosts,” the story of ghosts in a train yard yearning to eat at the neighboring McHonald’s restaurant; and “The Masked Ball,” the story of a king’s masked ball and a scheming man who wants to disguise himself as the king.

At Adams, students will perform “Haiasi has the Blues!” In this performance, Evil Auntie Emily steals the Planet Haiasi’s entire mood-enhancing lipstick supply, leaving the residents in sad shape. They will also perform “Click Clock, Click Clock,” about an underwater museum filled with rare and precious artifacts, including sunscreen, a phone and a wallet that washed up on shore. The sea creatures haven’t found a desired Click Clock, however, and enlist a friendly scuba diver to help them out.

The Integrated Residency program is sponsored by: Fort Wayne Community Schools, Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater Sound, Parkview Health, Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation, The Patricia Mae Adsit Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, English-Bonter-Mitchell Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts and Eric A. and Mary C. Baade Foundation.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.