The Woodlands Arts Council, HGO Team Up to Bring Bilingual Performances to Title I Schools

By: Susan Vreeland-Wendt
| Published 11/06/2018


THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- School field trips traditionally mean traveling off campus, but The Woodlands Arts Council, in conjunction with the Houston Grand Opera (HGO), have been bringing fine arts experiences into schools in Montgomery County this fall.

Under the direction of HGO Stage Manager Ryan Barrett, a cast and crew have given bilingual performances of “Cinderella in Spain” to students at Glen Loch Elementary in The Woodlands, Magnolia Elementary in Magnolia and San Jacinto Elementary, Smith Elementary and Hauke School in Conroe. Performances are scheduled for Rice Elementary, Reaves Elementary and Houston Elementary schools in Conroe before the end of the year.

Chonda Rehbein, elementary music teacher at San Jacinto gave thanks for the opportunity. “Our campus continues to buzz with excitement and I’m sure it will be on their minds for some time. Thank you for making a lasting, positive impression on our students and staff.”

Tricia Howard oversees the Title I outreach programs for The Woodlands Arts Council and says the opportunities to provide cultural experience opportunities to Title I schools are made possible through sponsorships.

“We are very grateful to Waste Connections for providing funding for Glen Loch Elementary and Houston Gulf Energy Corporation for underwriting the Magnolia Elementary programs,” Howard said.

San Jacinto Principal Jamie Almond shared her gratitude to The Woodlands Arts Council, “Thank you for bringing this cultural arts opportunity to our school, as otherwise it is highly unlikely that our San Jacinto students would experience the Houston Grand Opera outside of the school setting,” she said.

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