Linden Christ, Director of Education and Outreach
Spring is here! The daffodils and bluebells are blooming and so are our students! Every week, our Teaching Artists submit reflections about their classroom sessions. This week, Hector, one of our Reilly Elementary School 4th grade students exclaimed in the hallway “Ms. Keith! I can read my line!“ Hector has a hard time with reading, but he has been practicing his line throughout the week with his special needs teacher to make it perfect.
As the Director of Education for Chicago Opera Theater, I spend most of my time in the office making sure the Opera for All and Chicago Opera Theater for Teens programs are running smoothly. However, I do pop into each school for observations.
The month of March and April also provide a bit of a work out as it’s our Choreography Month. This year, I hired four choreographers: Caryn Ott Hillman, Kia Smith, Sheena Laird, & Laura Marsh, one to accompany each of our teaching artists in the classroom. They create a unique dance for each classroom at the school and help the students learn about the career of a choreographer, help the students get comfortable dancing in front of each other in warm-ups, teach the dance moves, and then relate the dance skills to the students muscles and body parts. The students struggle moving their bodies, but through repetition and help they feel accomplished in learning their dance in two sessions! Each classroom has a dance captain or two that helps the students that need assistance during recess and after school.
I’m pleased to announce that our Chicago Opera Theater for Teens will be singing at the Harris Theater Lobby before the performance of The Perfect American from 2:10-2:45pm on Sunday, April 30th. We will be featuring all three of our High Schools- Senn, Solorio, & Goode with excerpts from their Spring Musicals: The Wiz, Shrek, & Little Shop of Horrors. Come and support our teens!