River Valley Elementary music students show off opera skills

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Photos via Nick Ehlinger, River Valley Elementary music teacher

River Valley School District elementary music students perform in Opera for the Young’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s classic opera, Hansel and Gretel. Elementary music teacher Nick Ehlinger taught the music and choreography to all in-person students and all virtual learners in grades 4K-4.

In this year’s unique virtual production, students played multiple roles (ragamuffin children, gingerbread cookies, and pixies) in their classrooms or at home while professional opera singers portrayed Hansel, Gretel, the witch, and other principal characters. This year’s partnership with Opera for the Young was funded by a grant from the River Valley Endowment Fund.