“A Storm Inside” (Photos and Video)

There’s an inspiring approach to learning going on inside a third grade classroom in Montgomery Village that is truly changing lives. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke reports.

At the very beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, Ms. McGinn’s third grade class at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village formed the Fire Starters Kids Opera Company.

The company consists of 19 students who spent the entire year creating an original opera entitled, “A Storm Inside.” However, this is not just an arts program.

McGinn utilizes the opera as a vehicle to teach the third grade curriculum, as well as essential life skills. The walls of the school’s hallways are covered in the students’ school work documenting the year-long process and how their work on the opera is integrated to learning.

The students’ performed “A Storm Inside,” on May 8 and in the audience were many VIPs, including: MCPS school board members, Montgomery County Council staff, Delegate Kirill Reznik, long-time program supporter Cheryl Kagan, representatives from the Washington National Opera, teachers, classmates and others.

Here are some more photos from the performance:

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Sonya Burke

About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


9 Responses to ““A Storm Inside” (Photos and Video)”

  1. On May 9, 2013 at 9:49 am responded with... #

    AWSOME!!!! Great Job!!!!!

    • Sonya Burke
      On May 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm responded with... #

      no great job to you made my dream come true so thank you im crying of tears with joy I love you so much so thank you for supporting fire starters kids opera company

    • Mary Ruth McGinn
      On May 26, 2013 at 8:29 am responded with... #

      Thank you, Samuel Taylor. If you’d like to know more about the program, please do not hesitate to write.
      These kids have completely blown me away this year!

      • On January 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm responded with... #

        Hi ms.mcginn I miss your class I took your edvice I keep doing plays I’m doing Annie he. The 2014 one

  2. Sonya Burke
    On May 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm responded with... #

    no you did a great JOB as my mom said no one is perfect when I got on stage I was like no I have to face my fares so I got on stag and did it so thank you so MUCH!!!!!!!

  3. On May 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm responded with... #

    Thank you SOO much.You made my dream come true

    • Mary Ruth McGinn
      On May 26, 2013 at 8:31 am responded with... #

      Tatiana and Camila, please continue to show this to everyone so that more people will receive your message from the opera.

      • On July 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm responded with... #

        im back i was proud

  4. On September 7, 2013 at 11:48 pm responded with... #

    hi im back on so like i was saying i can remebor that day like it was yesterday

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