Most elementary students have never attended an opera. Coit Creative Arts Academy fourth- and fifth-grade students have created, produced and performed one.
The project, done in partnership with Opera Grand Rapids Children's Opera, was led by the Creative Connections arts education organization. Twelve students from Coit, a Grand Rapids Public School, went through intensive workshops the week before the Nov. 17 show. They had a lot of fun, but the opera the students wrote, "Feelings Gallery," dealt with serious emotions like being confused, hurt and depressed. It also found positive hope in people and brought out the students' talents.
"It's fun to create," said vocalist Brooklynne Larocque. "It's fun to hang out with other people and create things."