Wednesday, May 30

2018 Educational Grant Award



In March 2018, Opera Columbus visited Highland Park Elementary School for a one time performance of the children’s opera Jack and the Beanstalk. This event was attended by the entire school, over 600 students, and it was a great success. The preparation for this performance started in December in music class. All third grade students were taught the songs and the choreography for Jack and the Beanstalk.

Permission slips were sent home with students interested in participating in the Highland Park opera chorus for Jack and the Beanstalk. Participating students had an opportunity to experience what it takes to put together a children's opera, learn about voice technique, performance etiquette, staging, set transitions, and working together with the actors and the live piano accompanist. Students attended a hour long opera workshop led by the Opera Columbus’s Education Director, Destani Coleman. They also had a dress rehearsal prior to the show. One of the biggest takeaways for participating students was that they were able to demonstrate everything they learned on stage and to serve as leaders in their school.

Many teachers incorporated Jack and the Beanstalk into their daily literacy and math lessons. A class of second grade students created a keep book for the music teacher, where each student created one page of opinion writing about the Jack and the Beanstalk opera. First grade classes incorporated Jack and the Beanstalk into their daily writing workshop, did character analysis, and recreated the character in their art center. And, kindergarten classes worked on oral storytelling, talking about the performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Highland Park staff and students would like to thank the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation for providing this wonderful opportunity.