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Opera House Arts


DISES is excited to be working closely with the Stonington Opera House! This year we will have a number of programs and activities scheduled, both here at our school, and at the Opera House. Here is a link to information about the Opera House's educational program.


Opera House Arts

Opera House Arts Class Acts Program:
Standards-based Learning Through the Performing Arts

Dance / Social Studies / Physical Education
From October 21 - 25, Chrissy Fowler will lead a weeklong residency for grades 3 and 4 in traditional, participatory, New England dancing – also called contra dancing. Contra dancing is a lifelong physical/arts activity based on simple patterns of movement, rooted in our regional history and is still thriving. Every weekend, dancers of all ages swing and do-si-do to lively fiddle tunes in halls throughout the state. To culminate the residency, students will demonstrate one of their dances at a public community contra dance at the Stonington Opera House. This residency is funded by Opera House Arts and by the outreach program of Belfast Flying Shoes.

Shadow Puppet Theatre / Social Studies

In March, Ian Bannon will lead a weeklong residency for grade 2 in shadow puppet theatre. Students will work with stories collected by Penobscot Indian Molly Spotted Elk for her book, Katahdin: Wigwam Tales of the Abnaki, in order to create original shadow puppets. Classes will be assessed both in social studies and performing arts standards in this immersive, student-driven project. This residency is funded by Opera House Arts.

Voice 2 Voice Poetry Declamation Contest
Now in its fourth year, V2V is a multi­school collaboration with Opera House Arts designed to join students' voices with the voices of published poets. During National Poetry Month, the program will expose students grades 5­-8 in Unions 76 and 93 to the spoken word of poetry as a means of developing their voices and expressing themselves. Students will choose poems from a Voice 2 Voice anthology- with authors ranging from Walt Whitman to Shakespeare, Carolyn Wells to Billy Collins. Poems will explore a variety of themes that span the breadth of the school curricula.