Point of View

May 18, 2010, 1:29 am
Filed under: Education

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Learning Through the Arts program is in its inaugural year and it’s receiving rave reviews from students and educators.  Beginning with 5th grade this year, more than 26,000 students were invited to the Center, free of cost, to experience a live, fully staged theatrical show over the course of two weeks as part of Learning Through the Arts.  Students saw Rock Odyssey, a rock opera style retelling of Homer’s epic The Odyssey. This high-quality, age-appropriate professional production was produced by the Adrienne Arsht Center with an award winning creative team and a fabulous local cast. 


Arsht Center President and CEO, John Richard, enjoys a quick chat with one of the students before the start of Rock Odyssey.

Student audiences have enjoyed the comedic musical with its rock score and flashy costumes.  They gasped when the 9-foot Cyclops entered the stage, cheered for the good guys in the battle scenes, and erupted in applause when the family in the story was reunited at the end.  The crowds were  brought to their feet in the final scene when it SNOWED in the theater!  This unique theater experience is to be followed up with classroom activities using specially-created curriculum materials and lesson plans provided for teachers that are connected to the Sunshine State Standards. 


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