In addition to serving our community and region with high-quality theater, the Croswell Opera House is committed to educating young people in our community, both those who attend our productions and those who participate as performing artists.
One of the flagships of our educational mission is our annual all-area high school production, in which we invite outstanding performers in grades 9-12 from around our area to take part in a full-length production. Participation in the production aligns with Michigan Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs), including:
- ART.D.1.HS.3: Demonstrate rhythmic acuity.
- ART.D.1.HS.4: Demonstrate projection while performing dance skills.
- ART.D.1.HS.5: Demonstrate the ability to remember and perform extended movement sequences.
- ART.T.II.HS.2: Individually and in ensemble, create and sustain characters that communicate with audiences.
- ART.M.I.HS.1: Sing and play with expression and technical accuracy a large and varied repertoire of vocal and instrumental literature with a moderate level of difficulty, including some selections performed from memory.
- ART.M.1.HS.2: Sing music written in four parts, with and without accompaniment.
- ART.M.1.HS.3: Perform an appropriate part in large and small ensembles, demonstrating well-developed ensemble skills.
- ART.M.1.HS.5: Perform from an instrumental or vocal score of at least four staves.
Most of our other productions are multi-generational, and because a large number of Croswell alumni are now working professionally in the performing arts, we are able to invite them back and offer younger performers a chance to work with those who are making a living in their chosen field.
In addition, we offer paid summer internships for college students, bringing high-quality technical theater experience within reach for students who would not necessarily be able to finance a summer of unpaid work.