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Overtures and arias for Montgomery County third-graders

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With two and a half weeks before opening night, the Fire Starters Opera Company was finishing costumes and sets, rehearsing arias and making sure mailers went out -- and that was just before recess. Mary Ruth McGinn's 19 third-grade students at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village have spent the school year writing and composing their own opera, called "The Storm Within." The...