Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Alberta Opera - Sleeping Beauty

Alberta Opera's Sleeping Beauty
Today our school enjoyed an amazing production by Alberta Opera. It was a funny and entertaining version of Sleeping Beauty. I am always amazed at these performances how the children just sit and are totally absorbed in the story. I didn't see a teacher, even once, have to get up, tap a kid on the shoulder, and remind them to behave. I loved what the kids said they learned:

Don't take your own anger out on someone else.

Don't try to get revenge when your life is bad – talk about your feelings instead.

Marry someone that you love, not just for their money.

Marry someone for who they are, not their money.

You have two choices in life:  you can be mean, or you can be good.

Change begins with yourself.

If someone says they don't want to marry you, just take no for an answer.

Don't hurt someone just because you don't like them or their family.

At the end of the play the actors sang a song. Our brilliant music teacher had taught the whole school the song and so they just automatically started singing with the actors. It warmed my heart! The words are beautiful:

“Just One”
One word can spark a moment, one song can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest, one flower can herald spring.
One vote can change a nation, one sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness, one laugh can conquer gloom.
One voice can speak with wisdom, one heart can know what’s true.
One life can make a difference. Change begins with you.


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