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  • Make a Donation | InterAct Story Theatre

    Donate to InterAct Story Theatre Arts are for everyone ... and everyone learns through the arts! Every year InterAct is able to bring quality arts programs and arts-based learning experiences to more and more children, youth, and families, thanks to the generosity of donors just like you! With your one-time or recurring donation, you not only get the satisfaction of knowing you put a smile on a child's face and helped empower learning through the arts, you may also qualify for a tax deduction! InterAct Story Theatre Education Association, Inc. is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your contribution may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes ​ We hope you'll consider supporting our work by making a donation to InterAct Story Theatre. You can make a one-time donation or recurring gift by credit card through the webform on this page. If you're interested in making a donation by check or making an in-kind donation of goods or pro-bono services, please contact us ! Every little bit helps! We will put your donation to work right away bringing fantastic arts and education programs to children, families, educators and community members throughout our area. Thank you! Thank you to our Funders, Donors and Supporters! InterAct Story Theatre Education Association’s arts-in-education programming is made possible due to the generous support of our funders, donors, supporters, and volunteers. Thank you so much to these caring communitarians, and to those who choose to support our work anonymously. You help us bring our vision to life, and make sure arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts! Visionaries Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Citrix Podio Greater Washington Community Foundation & The Arts Forward Fund Adriana Hernandez Ali Oliver-Krueger Peter Oliver-Krueger Maryland Humanities Maryland State Arts Council Suzanne Milton (in honor of Anabel Milton and the teaching artists who keep InterAct going!) Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation Nora Roberts Foundation Matthew Williams Champions The Biosophical Institute John Carlock (in honor of Anabel Milton) Shoshana, Izi and Eric Colchamiro Mirza Donegan Karen Donelan (in honor of the Milton Family) Blair Eig Julie Fitzgerald Cynthia Hallberlin Rozann Hassell The Henry D. Kahn and the Laura Primakoff Charitable Fund (in honor of Anabel Milton) Adriana P. Hernandez Craig & Eileen Hollander ​ John Jeffries Lenore Blank Kelner Jerry Kickenson The Milton Family (in memory of Jeff Hassell) Kathy and Randy Pherson (“Ali, you Rock!”) Maureen Roult Emily Townsend Rick Westerkamp The Westerkamp Family Adam Wise Steven Wolf Denise Young Advocates Mary Beth Bauernschub Valerie Baugh-Schlossberg Nora Benitez Eowyn Ellison Nancy C. Grant (in honor of Suzanne Milton) Terri Grant Susan Hunter Catherine Huntress-Reeve Vickey Kirkpatrick Marianna Martindale Laura Marvel Anabel Milton Sheri Moreen Mia Bell Porter Matthew Poti Nell Quinn-Gibney Hydeliza Revilla Maureen Roult Danielle Sultan Charles Vilade Kiersten Whitehead (in memory of Susan H. Drumm) Jenny Windstrup (in honor of Emily Townsend, "because she's a rockstar") Kent Woods Donate If you would like to support our mission by making a donation, you can make a one-time donation or recurring gift by credit card through the webform at the top of this page . InterAct Story Theatre Education Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your financial contribution is deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law. Thank you!

  • Home | InterAct Story Theatre

    InterAct Story Theatre Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts! interacting with our communities local performances, family workshops and community events interacting with students & learners arts education and arts integration programs for students and teachers interacting online interactive performances, school programs and community programs presented through virtual/online platforms Out of gallery Community InterActions A NEW limited podcast series from InterAct Story Theatre! Access podcast episodes and explore the Virtual Gallery New * Now * Next • Stay Tuned! We're busily planning ahead for the 2022-23 school year. Please continue to check this website for new Information. ​ • Interested in bringing InterAct Story Theatre to your school or community event? We’re selecting now for fall classes and events. Please fill out our Response Form , and we'll get right back to you about your school or center. ​ • InterAct Story Theatre presents Community InterActions ! A limited podcast series exploring the impact of Covid-19 on Wheaton and Montgomery County. Click here to listen and explore . Community InterActions is made possible through a Maryland Humanities Grant Program Mini Grant. • Follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest info!

  • Wheaton Family Theatre Series| InterAct Story Theatre

    Scroll Down Arrow Graphic, pointing down Wheaton Family Theatre Series Season 7: 2021—2022 The Wheaton Family Theatre Series is a FREE public performing arts series for kids and families. With theatres and live performances not yet open in the first half of 2021, we discovered creative ways to bring the Series to life virtually for Season 6. As sad as we were not to see everyone in person, we embraced the challenge to be creative and found a whole new way to celebrate theatre for kids and families in Wheaton. Season 7 of InterAct's Wheaton Family Theatre Series emjoyed both an in-person return to Wheaton but also celebrated our virtual performance opportunities for our communities. Thanks to the partnership support of Highland Elementary School and support from a plethora of community members; and funding from Maryland State Arts Council, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nora Roberts Foundation, and individual and corporate donors. Support also provided by a grant from the Greater Washington Community Foundation. Season 7 Season 6 Season 5 Season 4 Season 3 Season 2 Season 1 To keep up on the latest news about InterAct’s Wheaton Family Theatre Series Season 7 and get reminders about our next program dates, join our mailing list . We also invite you to check out our past seasons by clicking on any of the season buttons! < Back to Community Page Karim Nagi: ARABIQA! Drums and Dances from the Arab World April, 2022 Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. Join Egyptian-American musician and dancer Karim Nagi for an engaging, witty performance spotlighting Arabic music, dance, and culture. Karim shares the unique sounds and histories of percussion and string instruments, demonstrates dynamic folk dances, teaches vocabulary and geography, and gives an uplifting impression of Arab culture. All ages. Karim Nagi appears courtesy of Artivate 5th Annual KidStory Theatre Festival A Theatrical Celebration of Stories Written by Kids for Kids May 2022 ​ Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. All year long, InterAct Story Theatre artists create stories with kids, and invite kids to share their epic stories with us. Each May, we choose the best of the best and transform them into short plays, musical numbers, and vignettes performed by our InterActors. We can’t wait to see what kids dream up each year! Best for ages 3 and up. Cantaré MUCHA MÚSICA - A Musical Journey to Latin America September, 2021 Virtual Program! Cantaré, Latin American Music introduces audiences to the beautiful songs and rhythms of Latin America in an exciting interactive performance. Drawing from the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Cantaré performs songs in Spanish and Portuguese, while sharing the music’s cultural and historical background. All ages. Cantaré: Cecilia Esquivel and Dani Cortaza appear courtesy of Artivate Past programs: Alex and Olmsted Milo the Magnificent October, 2021 Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. A lex and Olmsted’s Milo the Magnificent is a highly engaging puppet show about an aspiring magician. This wordless comedy, inspired by turn of the century vaudeville entertainers, is as highly physical as it is charming. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don’t always go as planned. Milo the Magnificent, was awarded a 2017 Jim Henson Foundation Grant, a Greenbelt Community Foundation Grant, and received an excellent mention in the New York Times. Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas are also proud company members of Happenstance Theater with whom they have created 10 productions since 2012. Great for all ages! Photo by Sean Dennie Urban Artistry Let the Rhythm Hit Em November, 2021 Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. Learn about the music and dance cultures that stem from various African American communities across the United States. Although these urban and hip-hop dance communities transpired amidst struggles and adversity, they have inspired a global commonwealth of artists, practitioners and creatives. In this presentation, we celebrate the diverse communities and influences that contribute to urban dance culture through music and dance. The emcee, DHG and dancers tell the story of where, when and how these dance styles were developed through storytelling, dance demonstrations, call-and-response games and interactive dance workshops. Dance styles in the presentation can include Memphis Jookin, locking, popping, breakin’ house dance, waacking and hip-hip. We are eager to engage an audience of all ages in celebrating the freedom to express ourselves, cultivate self-worth and respectfully hold space on and off the dance floor for each other. All ages! Synetic Theater The Miraculous Magical Balloon December, 2021 Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. A series of hilarious pantomime sketches incorporates music, ballet, clowning, and audience participation in this theatre assembly. In The Miraculous Magical Balloon , students will discover the art of acting without words, opening the door to their imaginations. Expressed through body and facial masks, pantomime illusions, and unique choreography, The Miraculous Magical Balloon tells a wonderful story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys. Books Alive with Ali Oliver-Krueger January, 2022 This January, celebrate the start of the New Year as InterAct Story Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ali Oliver-Krueger leads kids and adults in exploring a favorite folk tale together through movement, drama, and song. Everyone’s a part of the story in this Family Arts Workshop! Best for ages 3 and up. Dancing with Change: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! with Kelly King Live Virtual Performance open to the public! Kelly King, InterAct Story Theatre teaching artist and founder of The Movement Movement, brings us together during this time of change...through dance! We all know how to dance with change--we do it with every step we take. We will use the delightful book "Gotta Go! Gotta Go!" by Sam Swope to guide us on our journey. So, let’s come together and get moving. Together, we’ll create a dance just for us with movements based on the migration journey of monarch butterflies. No prior dance training needed...just bring your body and get ready to move! Best for ages 3 and up. ​ February, 2022 Silly Smarts: Folktales from Japan performed by Ali Oliver-Krueger March, 2022 Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. In this funny and heartwarming story theatre program, InterAct Story Theatre's Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger shares two traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long Ago Stories) from her childhood in Japan. Audience members get into the act from where they sit, singing and becoming characters in the stories. Best for ages 3 and up. Fun for the whole family!

  • About Us | InterAct Story Theatre

    About Us Scroll Down Arrow Graphic, pointing down Our Vision and Our Mission Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts! InterAct Story Theatre creates performances and arts learning opportunities for all ages in: Drama and Theatre Applied Theatre Playwriting and Devising Improv for Actors Music Creative Opera Dance Creative Movement Media Arts and Technology Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Arts Our Core Values Our work at InterAct Story Theatre—on stage, in the community, in the classroom, and behind the scenes, are driven by these core values: Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts People above things Be open, be transparent, be inclusive Compassion and respect above all Diversity ✴︎ Equity ✴︎ Inclusion ✴︎ Accessibility Humans treating Humans like Humans We are a proud member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education , and strongly align with AATE's Equity and Inclusion Statement: We believe in equity, justice, and inclusion for all. We believe our work is stronger by the many voices, perspectives, and experiences we bring to the organization and the field. We will actively welcome and include all people regardless of race, socioeconomic class, color, national origin, religion, diverse perspectives, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, neurological or physical ability, veteran status, legal status, or education level. ​ As a company dedicated to creating arts and arts learning opportunities for all and motivated by the belief that Arts are for everyone and everyone learns through the arts, the goals of DEIA are near and dear to our hearts. We have been actively implementing our DEIA action plan, which we consider to be a living, evolving part of our mission. We are inspired by the work and transparency of so many in our field. InterAct Story Theatre is a theatre for young audiences and multidisciplinary arts-in-education organization based in Wheaton, Maryland, an urban district just outside of Washington, DC. ​ Our mission is to create meaningful, accessible, interactive theatre and arts learning experiences for kids and the people who love them--especially to those who experience economic, social, or geographic barriers to equitable arts access. We believe that every kid, every grown-up, everywhere deserves great theatre, whether or not you can get to a theatre building. We believe that everyone, everywhere can learn and grow through artistic creation and exploration. And we believe that the arts help foster communication and understanding in our communities, because the arts help us express our ideas, our hopes, our emotions and our experiences when words alone are not enough. ​ ​ We create and produce original theatre for young audiences (professional artists performing for children, youth, families, and communities); present arts programming in our local community; and design and implement innovative, engaging, effective theatre and arts-based educational programs for all ages and stages. In our educational work, we are dedicated to providing quality performances, arts-infused workshops and artist-in-residency programs for students, teachers and families throughout our region and across the country. As experts in arts education and arts integration, InterAct is committed to producing arts programs with artistic integrity and direct relevance to the educational objectives of the schools and community organizations we serve. Our merry band of performers and teaching artists weave their artistry in theatre and drama, music, dance, creative opera and filmmaking with content curricula for students and teachers of all ages. Goal 1: By July 2023, InterAct Story Theatre will develop, produce, and publish a clear, transparent, and consistent set of equity primes for all functional areas that articulate our DEIA-driven mission, vision, and values in a concrete way to internal and external stakeholders. Goal 2: By June 2023, InterAct Story Theatre will advance racial equity in the workplace and all areas of operations by creating equitable, sustainable artistic, instructional, and operational opportunities, with systems of accountability and assessment. Goal 3: By June 2024, all public programs produced and presented by InterAct Story Theatre in Montgomery County and Prince George's County will offer participants the opportunity, welcome, and resources to engage meaningfully in the arts experience in either Spanish or English. Goal 4: By June 2024, 90% of all public programs produced and presented by InterAct Story Theatre in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties will offer fully accessible opportunities for arts participation for persons with disabilities. Goal 5: By June 2023, InterAct Story Theatre will create explicitly supportive and brave spaces for LGBTQ+ students, parents, artists, staff, and volunteers in all areas of programming and operations, and will implement specific training and accountability protocols for company members in creating supportive and brave spaces for LGBTQ+ students, parents, artists, staff, and volunteers. InterAct Story Theatre Company Members Marshal Bailey Teaching & Performing Artist ​ Lenore Blank Kelner Founder Drama, Creative Drama Ali Oliver-Krueger Executive Artistic Director Drama, Music, Opera, Storytelling, Puppetry Tom Teasley Teaching & Performing Artist World Music, Drumming Jordan Brown Performing Artist ​ Kelly King Teaching & Performing Artist Dance Pete Oliver-Krueger CTO / Technical Director Theatrical & Product Design, Multimedia Design Khaleshia Thorpe-Price Stories on Stage Drama Tina Canady Teaching & Performing Artist Drama Nancy Krebs Teaching & Performing Artist Music Penny Russell Teaching & Performing Artist Puppetry Emily Townsend Artistic Administrator and Literary Manager Creative Drama, Dramaturgy, Devising Hannah Fogler Teaching & Performing Artist ​ Marian Licha Teaching & Performing Artist Drama, Storytelling Ashton Schaffer Teaching & Performing Artist Drama Erica Washington Teaching & Performing Artist ​ Noa Gelb Teaching & Performing Artist ​ Anabel Milton Teaching & Performing Artist Drama Evan Simon Performing Artist ​ Steve Wolf Design & Publications Manager Drama, Visual Arts

  • stories-on-stage | InterAct Story Theatre

    Storytelling and Story Drama Programs Celebrating Cultures from Around the World STORIES ON STAGE programs combine storytelling, drama, and song to explore world cultures. Our gifted performers become a variety of characters while bringing a story to life. Students "get into the act" too by participating in this riveting experience. ​ STORIES ON STAGE programs are performed by one actor with audience participation. Programs are designed for audiences with a maximum of 200 students, unless otherwise specified. Choose from a variety of programs listed below, celebrating different cultures from around the world. Contact us or request more info for details! Bullies and Heroes: Folktales from Japan with Ali Oliver-Krueger Grades 3 - 8 Available Online Ali Oliver-Krueger weaves stories from her Japanese-American childhood with traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long-Ago Stories). What does it take to be a hero? When an ogre bullies a village, ordinary villagers must step up to become everyday heroes. Silly Smarts: Folktales from Japan with Ali Oliver-Krueger Grades PreK-2 Available Online Ali Oliver-Krueger weaves stories from her Japanese-American childhood with traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long-Ago Stories) in this funny and heart-warming east-meets-west storytelling series. The stories in Silly Smarts emphasize the importance of using your smarts, and the pitfalls of being too smart for your own good and confusing "smart" with "wise". A Journey Through Latin America with Marian Licha Grades K-6 ​ Puerto Rican-born actor and storyteller MARIAN LICHA weaves stories and song together as she takes students on a magical journey through Latin America. The stories are rich with humor and folk traditions. Included in the program are several stories of the foolish and delightful Juan Bobo. El Coqui with Marian Licha Grades PK-2 ​ El Coqui, the tiny frog king, is the biggest singing sensation in all Puerto Rico...but what happens when he takes his act on the road? This original tale by Puerto Rican actor and storyteller Marian Licha celebrates Puerto Rican culture with story, song, and gentle humor. The Magic Tree with Khaleshia Thorpe-Price PreK-5 A funny, uplifting story adapted from a Zambian folk tale. The animals of the grasslands are in terrible trouble—it hasn’t rained in ages, and everyone is hungry and thirsty! Their only hope is to find out how to get the fruit from a mysterious magic tree, but they must journey across the land to learn how...and they have to remember the secret on the long journey back! ​ Featured Plays Stories on Stage World Music Family Programs Out of gallery < Back to InterAct in Schools

  • performances-and-assembly-programs | InterAct Story Theatre

    Performances & Assembly Programs Since 1981, InterAct Story Theatre has brought a wide variety of educational, interactive performances, plays, and assembly programs to schools, libraries, and community venues, all throughout the area, delighting children, families, and educators alike. ​ Many of these programs will be available virtual/online! Just look for the box saying Available Online! next to program listings. REQUEST MORE INFO Featured Plays for School Audiences InterAct Story Theatre is proud to offer a variety of performances tailored to children and young adults of all ages. Please scroll down and click through to check out our featured plays, storytelling and story theatre programs, and coming soon exciting new performance programs featuring music, dance, and "hybrid" multidisciplinary programs! Storytelling Performances Storytelling and story drama programs celebrating cultures from around the world. "Stories on Stage" programs combine storytelling, drama, and song to explore world cultures. Our gifted performers become a variety of characters while bringing a story to life. Students "get into the act" too by participating in this riveting experience. World Music & Dance InterAct has enchanted audiences for years with our story theatre productions, plays and storytelling performances. As we begin our fourth decade of arts for young audiences, we're celebrating the talents of our wonderful teaching artists and adding programs in Music, Dance and Multidisciplinary/Hybrid performances. We'll be adding more programs soon! Out of gallery Family & Community Programs All of our programs are available for evening or weekend events and family audiences. InterAct Story Theatre performances can be adapted for a wide variety of venues, including libraries, museums, community centers, arts centers and festivals. Please contact us for more information! Also, if you are interested in family programming, please feel free to check out our family literacy programs and community building programs! < Back to InterAct in Schools

  • Response Form | InterAct Story Theatre

    Bring InterAct to Your Community: Interested in bringing InterAct Story Theatre to your school, community, business, or event? InterAct Story Theatre tours plays, performing arts programs, family arts workshops, community dialogue events, arts education programs and lecture/demonstrations to community venues and festivals across the country, both virtually/online and in person! How can we bring the power of arts and learning together in your community? ​ Please fill out this form, and we'll get in touch with you to make it happen! If you require assistance with this form or prefer to call by phone, you may contact 301-879-9305 . First Name* Last Name* Email Phone School/Site/Organization Name* Address Are you interested in a virtual/online program or in-person program? (Check all that apply) I am interested in an online/virtual program. I am interested in a live/in-person program at my site (starting February 2021). I am interested in a blended program--some in-person and some virtual/online. What kind of program(s) are you interested in? (Check all that apply) I am interested in a performance. I am interested in a workshop for students. I am interested in a staff development workshop. I am interested in a master class or clinic. I am interested in a parent-child workshop. I am interested in a residency program. Other Discount code (if any) Comments Submit Thanks for submitting! Response Form Scroll Down Arrow Graphic, pointing down

  • Community | InterAct Story Theatre

    Scroll Down Arrow Graphic, pointing down InterAct in the Community Wheaton Family Theatre Series InterAct Story Theatre’s Wheaton Family Theatre Series is a free, monthly performing arts series that runs October - May each year. Originally launched in 2015 through a generous Wheaton Cultural Projects Grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the goal of the Series is to present a variety of performing arts programs that celebrate the rich diversity of our arts community and offer our Wheaton kids and families a window to the world around us through family programs and arts learning activities in theatre, storytelling, music, dance, puppetry, fusion arts, and more! InterAct Online InterAct Story Theatre’s most popular programs are going online and moving into the virtual classroom! In response to requests from parents and teachers, InterAct is adapting our most popular arts education programs for the online classroom and for kids and parents at home, including workshops, residencies, and performances for PreK - 12; family arts and literacy workshops; and professional development webinars for classroom teachers and teaching artists. InterAct On the Road (or On the Web ) and in Your Communit y Ticketed Events Our ticketed events are currently on hold. We look forward to gathering together in the future, and invite you to check out our other programs, or take a look at reviews of past productions! InterAct Story Theatre tours plays, performing arts programs, family arts workshops, community dialogue events, arts education programs and lecture/demonstrations to community venues and festivals across the country, both virtually/online and in person! How can we bring the power of arts and learning together in your community? Contact us or fill out our form and we’ll get the ball rolling!

  • Work with Us | InterAct Story Theatre

    Work with Us Scroll Down Arrow Graphic, pointing down Call for Performing Artists and Ensembles: Wheaton Family Theatre Series InterAct Story Theatre is looking for artists and ensembles interested in performing as part of the Wheaton Family Theatre Series, a free performing arts series for kids and families produced by InterAct. The series has included theatre, storytelling, clowning, West African drumming and dance, global percussion, opera, capoeira, and more, and seeks to reflect the diverse community of Wheaton back to its audiences. Performances take place on weekends in the fall, and last no more than 45 minutes. All programs will take place virtually, and must be family-friendly. Interested performers and ensembles should submit program information including program description, photo and/or sample video (if available), and performance fee rates to info@interactstory.com with the subject header Wheaton Submission. ​ To learn more about InterAct Story Theatre and our core values of Humans treating Humans like Humans, visit our About Us page . ​ Thank you! Volunteer Opportunities We are always looking for volunteers to help during events and help with other projects at InterAct Story Theatre. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact at info@interactstory.com or fill out our mailing list form in our page footer and be sure to check the volunteer box!

  • interact-after-school | InterAct Story Theatre

    Out of School Time Programs Many of our residency programs are available not only during the school day, but after school as well. InterAct artists conduct arts-based workshops for child care providers and extended learning programs throughout our Maryland, Virignia, and Washington, DC. Please contact us for more information! ​ We also frequently design workshops by request to fit the theme, content area, or skillsets being taught at an event. If you'd like us to design a unique experience for your family learning event, please contact us or request more info ! REQUEST MORE INFO Sample Programs Grades PREK-K, GRADES 1-2, GRADES 3-5 Available Online! Books Alive Students have fun diving into an array of children’s books and folk tales—acting, moving, dancing, singing, and playing their way through books! Students build language and literacy skills as they have fun learning to use their acting tools and skills and sharing stories. Grades 6-8 Available Online! Improv for Actors In this exciting and fun-filled residency, one or more InterAct teaching artists lead students in a variety of increasingly challenging improvisation and activities over the course of the session. The program can include an optional culminating event showcasing original scenes developing from our improvisational work. Students explore character and scene work as they engage in a program designed to promote concentration, collaboration and teamwork, cooperative learning, critical thinking and creative problem solving. GRADES 3-5, GRADES 6-8 Available Online! Devising and Playbuilding After School In this drama-based writing residency, students use creative drama techniques and group writing strategies to write and perform original stories and scenes. In doing so, students learn and apply basic acting tools and elements of story structure as they practice collaboration and appropriate peer review. This process builds prewriting skills, oral language and presentation skills, problem solving skills, and teamwork. Themes can be drawn a variety of character education topics or curriculum content. GRADES PREK-K, GRADES 3-5, GRADES 7-8 ​ Creative OPERAtunities Students learn how opera combines music and drama to tell stories by transforming stories and events into original musical scenes of their own! By using acting tools and skills along with the basic elements of music, students create their own original operas. Students explore a preselected topic, story, or book and transform their ideas into musical scenes, from solos to ensemble songs for the whole group. See how much fun storytelling with music can be! < Back to InterAct in Schools