An update on Little Opera, SF. I’m working with the Wagner’s, the older kids group, aprox 6-12yrs old. I’m composer in residence, and helping shape their ideas, and things are shaping up quite well. The set is being crafted as an old haunted mansion. The libretto, at this point, features a rebellious teen, her grumpy grandfather, and lots of ghosts who are transported from room to room in a plume of smoke. Three songs have been written, and more of the libretto is in progress. The kids are smart and incredibly creative. I’m really loving the experience! It’s reminding me of a few truths about the writing process: 1.Have fun in the process 2. Brainstorming, there are no bad ideas 3. Simplicity is often best 4. working in partnership can inspire 5. When you get too “squirrelly”, jump up and down for a minute, and always take a snack break!