At the beginning of the school year I met with Jalen's drama teacher at a parent teacher interview. She told me that she realised that Jalen had done some drama outside of school and wanted to give him an opportunity to extend himself more, and told me about a program called WotOpera. She said that he would be one of the grade seven students chosen to do it, as it included students from each grade.
I didn't know much about what WotOpera was, but Jalen would come home after each session telling me all about the process and what they were doing. As a group of students they had to create the characters, write the words and music, design and make the costumes and set and then perform it. Jalen came home telling me how bad it was as they all had to audition and sing and he is definitely not a singer (he sounds just like his Dad when he sings, and that is very flat!). He hated the singing, but was still enjoying the whole process and came home last week with a t-shirt that they had all been given, and had to wear on the night of the performance.
Alison for babysitting Kobe).
Before each school's performance they showed a short video of the process of them creating their opera. It made us laugh as they showed Jalen quite a lot, and showed him singing different parts. He was so embarrassed, but I told him I was proud of him. Then Harri said 'yeah I was too Jay!' :) The organisers kept telling the kids that it's not about how well you can sing, but it's about having a go. I loved what they had on the back of their t-shirts.