Now that we have achieved our ultimate goal of creating and performing an original opera, where do we go from here? What do we do? These are questions the students ask as they enter the classroom “the day after” the final performance. After striking the set, depression sets in.
All of this intense work . . . and now it’s over. No set. No lights. No music. No costumes.
An empty stage . . . so it seems. What the students come to realize is that the stage is now set.
The foundation has been laid. They are prepared to begin the first scene of a new original work, whatever that may be and wherever that may lead.
From the first day of school until now, our purpose has been crystal clear and our direction steadfast. What is our purpose now? Thus begins, in earnest, reflection and conversation about next steps.