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Des Moines Metro Opera performing at Washington Elementary April 10
April 05, 2013

Students from Mount Vernon's Washington Elementary will have the chance to see one of Iowa's premier arts organizations when Des Moines Metro Opera's educational touring troupe arrives on Wednesday, April 10.

OPERA Iowa will present Davies' "The Three Little Pigs" at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Washington Elementary Teachers and Parents (WETAP) are funding the visit, which includes workshops for second and fourth graders.

OPERA Iowa's workshops entertain while they educate, and make opera more understandable and more accessible to students and families. The operas are performed with colorful scenery and costumes, theatrical lighting, and musical accompaniment. Prior to OPERA Iowa's arrival, teachers received packets to help prepare students for the performance.

Once OPERA Iowa arrives, the troupe will work directly with the students in interactive workshops that may include improvisation, musical styles or character development. These workshops meet National Standards for Art Education guidelines.

OPERA Iowa, which began in 1986, is an education division program of Des Moines Metro Opera, which is located in Indianola.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help set up at a.m. and tear down at 3 p.m. To volunteer, contact Kristi Keast of Washington Elementary and WETAP at 895-6251.

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