A report Wednesday (2/20) on the WFTV News Channel 9 website (Orlando, Florida) states, “Over the past five weeks, second graders at Rock Lake Elementary School and Grand Ave Primary Learning Center have been working with professional teaching artists from Mary Palmer and Associates, Florida Alliance for Arts for Education, and Orlando Repertory Theatre as part of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s Symphonic Stories program, which teaches students about science, music and theatre, and helps students to work together to create an original theatrical production based on their classroom studies. On Tuesday, February 26, students will share their production, called George and the Peanut Butterfly, for their parents and peers, featuring student-made puppetry, backdrops and costumes, and live musical accompaniment by Orlando Philharmonic musicians. These events are the very first productions of the Orlando Philharmonic’s Symphonic Stories program. … Orlando Philharmonic Education Director Leia Barrett says Symphonic Stories was developed using the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards as a guide, taking into account when students would be studying the material, which subject matter often causes problems for students, and what teachers felt would be most beneficial for the students.”

Posted February 21, 2013