On most mornings, the shaded parking area next to Temple’s Cultural Activities Center is serene and quiet, but on Tuesday and Wednesday, the calm gave way to dozens of school buses discharging excited third- through fifth-graders. The children mounted the steps, marched through the lobby and took their assigned seats in the Mayborn Auditorium. For most of these kids, it was their first exposure to opera.
Backstage, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor maestro George Hogan, his assistant (and wife) Penny Hogan, stage manager Sarah Sanderford and the cast are taking their places and seem prepared. This will be one of six performances of “Pinocchio” by John Davies that the troupe, dubbed “Opera Cru,” will present at CAC — then the show goes on the road to Belton High School.
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