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Washington National Opera Costume Studio Tour

The Washington National Opera graciously hosted Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company for a tour of its costume department. Upon arrival, our eyes and ears were open to the incredible sights and sounds of a working rehearsal venue. As we listened to stories about opera and the costumes that bring those stories to life, we heard an occasional soprano voice or piano coming from rehearsal rooms in the distance. What an amazing experience. We also enjoyed a professional stage make-up demonstration. But the most memorable moment was trying on actual costumes, previously worn by opera singers.

Elliot and Devon Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company

Elliot and Devon
Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company


 

Michael Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company

Michael
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Dominic and Adrian Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company

Dominic and Adrian
Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company


 
Angel and Linda Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company

Angel and Linda
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Devon Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company

Devon
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Katie Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company

Katie
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Tammy Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company

Tammy
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costume jewelry case

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Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 29 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.

Sixteen 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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