Fort Leonard Wood (Waynesville, MO)
Singers from Opera Theatre of St. Louis conduct a workshop on stage makeup at Waynesville High School near Fort Leonard Wood. Photo by Jea Hyun Rhyu.
A last-minute scheduling conflict at Fort Leonard Wood thwarted plans for a black-tie reception and performance at the base, but Opera Theatre of St. Louis carried on with their scheduled educational performance and activities at a high school that serves base youth.
The 45-minute performance included opera classics such as "Largo al factotum" from The Barber of Seville and "Ain't it a Pretty Night" from Susannah. Students were invited to participate during parts of the performance. The opera singers also conducted three 20-minute workshops on singing styles, acting, and make-up. Approximately 130 band and choral students, divided into three groups, rotated through the workshops. The singers were treated to a standing ovation following the performance and there were many one-on-one conversations happening between students and singers at the end of the day.
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