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School Notebook 5-11-05

‘Patience’ at Hoover

Hoover Middle School performs Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience” at Hoover Middle School, 8810 Post Oak Road on May 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. “Patience” satirizes the “aesthetic craze” of the 1870s and ‘80s, when the output of poets, composers, painters and designers was prolific — but, some argued, empty and self-indulgent. Tickets are $5 at the door, $4 during lunch presales at the school. Call 301-469-1010.

‘Scheme’ at Beverly Farms

For 29 Beverly Farms fifth-graders, the road to Hollywood is measured in arias. That’s because these students are part of a program where students take on the roles of a real opera company. The result? A 45-minute original opera, “Dream Scheme,” which blends friendship and cooperation with a car wash and a twist on May 25 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and May 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Beverly Farms Elementary, 8501 Postoak Road. The performance is free, but the Kidz Creation Opera Company is collecting donations for its community service project, Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville.