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Bigger Than Our Barriers (VIDEO)

Back in September, Take Off the Mask Kids Opera Company was invited to present its original opera on The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. We knew then that this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity and that we must work hard and persevere to deliver our collective message to a broader audience.

After the opera, Jasmine Momyer eloquently shared from the stage her final words as production manager.

“When we are confronting our barriers… It will hurt. It will take time. It will require confidence. It will require love. We will need to make healthy decisions for ourselves. We will need to keep our minds fresh and clean and our hearts pure. It will require sacrifice. We will need to push our bodies to the limit. There will be temptations to give up. But I promise, when we reach our goal, it will be WORTH IT!! Confront your barriers.”

In these final days of school, we can say that we indeed have confronted our barriers, we have reached our goals, we have learned many life lessons and we are now ready to teach others what we have experienced.

The opera on June 8, 2016 was streamed live for the world to see. We share it with you now.

Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 28 years of experience, Mary Ruth McGinn has always sought innovative ways to meet the needs of each of her students. She has spent her entire career in schools where a majority of students speak English as a second language and where poverty significantly impacts the learning experiences and opportunities of students and their families. Fifteen years ago she had an experience that changed her life and altered her professional path in a profound way. She attended training sessions at The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, spent nine intense days living the process of creating an original opera and learned how to replicate the experience with her students. She then began creating opera with her students and using the process of creating the opera as a vehicle through which to teach curriculum and life skills. The authentic purpose for learning coupled with the arts provided the perfect stage on which to construct a love for life-long learning. She currently teaches at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland where she is creating another original opera with her third grade students. Read more of Mary Ruth's blog Learning for Real.

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