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Student Dress Rehearsals

Grades 4-6 and 7-12

Washington National Opera: Lost in the Stars

The Student Dress Rehearsal Program introduces students in grades 4-6 and 7-12 to opera by giving them the opportunity to attend the final rehearsals of Washington National Opera’s main stage productions. Presented in the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, Eisenhower Theater, and Terrace Theater, the open rehearsal is a full-length performance of the opera with occasional pauses for technical or musical corrections. Students experience opera in a performance setting and receive materials to help them understand and better appreciate the many dimensions of the art form.

Prior to the rehearsal, classes receive Cuesheets, student study guides, designed to help classes prepare for the opera by providing information on the composer and the story, and posing questions of what to look and listen for at the opera. ArtsEdge provides additional information and activities online at artsedge.kennedy-center.org.

In the 2015-2016 season, WNO invites students and their teachers to experience: Appomattox, Hansel and Gretel, and Lost in the Stars.

Appomattox by Philip Glass
World Premiere of Revised Version

Sung in English with projected English Titles

Flashing between the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, Philip Glass’s Appomattox delivers a timely exploration of events regarding race, war, and inequality. Both Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. appear in the opera as legendary leaders fighting to end racial inequality and bloodshed against backdrops of violent battles and turbulent protests. Despite all these leaders may achieve, is prejudice doomed to repeat itself?

Date:
Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades:
7-12
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

Sung in English with projected English Titles

Complete with a cackling witch, enchanted fairies, dancing animals, and an oversized gingerbread oven, the timeless Grimm brothers’ fairy tale returns in this whimsical and neon-colored production. Combining “a staging that looked like a comic book by Dr. Seuss” (The Washington Post) with Humperdinck’s “buoyantly luscious music” (The New York Times), this sparkling English-language production is a favorite of children and adults alike.

Date:
Friday, December 11, 11:15 a.m.
Fee:
$6 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades:
4-6
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weill

Sung in English with projected English Titles

Based on Alan Paton’s classic 1948 novel Cry, the Beloved Country, and merging influences from Broadway, gospel, African spirituals, jazz, and blues, Lost in the Stars tells the story of a minister in apartheid-era South Africa who travels from his small village to Johannesburg to find his troubled son. When his son accidentally kills the son of a white neighbor, the reverend is faced with a crisis of faith amongst growing racial tensions.

Date:
Monday, February 8, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades:
7-12
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835
Teachers:
Attend the lecture, Lost in the Stars: Opera Takes on Cry, the Beloved Country, on Tuesday, February 9, 4:30-5:45 p.m., and attend a free open rehearsal that evening from 7-10 p.m. See the school brochure for more details.

Teachers:

Attend the lecture, Lost in the Stars: Opera Takes on Cry, the Beloved Country, on Tuesday, February 9, 4:30-5:45 p.m., and attend a free open rehearsal that evening from 7-10 p.m. See the school brochure for more details.

Registration: The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

Important Note:

This is an educational opportunity exclusively for students and their teachers. Only two chaperones per ten students are permitted. With the exception of the family-friendly opera, which is open to a younger audience, all students must be in grades 7-12.

School Performances / Events

The WNO Kennedy Center School Brochure School Performances / Events