Intermediate Team Attends Opera at the Kennedy Center
Intermediate grade students from The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle in Lanham, Maryland attended an interactive, educational performance of Carmen today at the Kennedy Center. Experts of the opera were performed by the Washington National Opera (WNO). Cast members, orchestra and stage crew members explained their roles in both the theater and this specific production. Students were excited to see how the over-700 stage lights work. They also had a chance to conduct the orchestra and hear two sections of the opera. 5th grader Jonah liked the conducting part the best.
During the first five weeks of school, students in these classes were taught in both music and homeroom about opera, theater productions, and how to dress/act at the Kennedy Center. The students learned vocabulary specific to opera productions, and parts of the plot of Carmen. Students were allowed to dress “up” out of uniform today.
Students at Saint Matthias are exposed to multiple forms of performing and fine arts. Weekly students participate in music and visual arts classes. Students in 4th grade and above also have the opportunity to participate in the Archdiocese of Washington band.