Music, Martial Arts & Memories

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Education, Field Trip, Uncategorized

By Karen Bloch

On Tuesday April 28th, grades 3-4-5 traveled into NYC to attend a tour and performance at Lincoln Center. Being so close to NYC, as a theater teacher I am always thrilled when we are able to take advantage of the world renowned resources available to us. We had a peaceful bus trip in and the looks of excitement and awe on the children’s faces was wonderful as we stepped onto the plaza at Lincoln Center.

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Our tour guides met us quickly and our groups set off to explore the wonders of the facilities. We had a chance to go into the director’s booth and watch the Metropolitan Opera rehearsing and to see some of their costumes up close. At the jewelry box theater we saw dancers practicing for the Spring season of the American Ballet and learned about different types of stage design and flooring.

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After our tours, we gathered to watch a performance of Deoro: Balance in Two Worlds. The musicians played cello bass guitar and drums and the martial artists were breathtaking. The lead performer did a great job of including the children and our kids asked some great questions and a number of them were even invited onstage to learn some martial arts moves!

On the way home it was wonderful to hear the children discussing the performance animatedly and we talked a bit about how inspired they were by the performers and their talents. Any opportunity to engage in live theater and to meet and speak with professional artists is a great one! I am very proud of how polite and engaged the children were and I cannot wait to enjoy even more opportunities to explore the Performing Arts!

About The Author

Karen is in her thirteenth year as a teacher at Unity and her twenty third year of her teaching career. With a background in Theater, holding a BA in Theater Arts from Gettysburg College, she is enjoying her work as Unity’s Performing Arts teacher tremendously. She lives in Sussex County with her husband, daughter and a small menagerie of animals.

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