Students in Mrs. Fyles’s Grade 4/5 class are hard at work drawing pictures inspired by The Story of Babar.

Bouchie Lake students bring Babar to life

Bouchie Lake Elementary School students drew pictures that became part of Sarah Hagen’s performance

Students at Bouchie Lake Elementary School had a unique opportunity to be part of a classical music concert this week, as pianist Sarah Hagen visited the school the day before her Quesnel and District Community Arts Council Children’s and Family Concert Series performance.

Hagen worked with two classrooms at the school Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Hagen played L’ Histoire de Babar by Francis Poulenc and narrated The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, and students were given a piece of paper with a line from the story. As Hagen told Babar’s story through music and words, students drew pictures to correspond to the line they had received.

Hagen did a similar exercise with Papillons by Robert Schumann.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Hagen showed the students’ artwork in her performance at the Chuck Mobley Theatre, where she performed The Story of Babar and debuted Two Butterflies.

READ MORE: Upcoming Sarah Hagen concert combines classical music, student artwork and The Story of Babar

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Sarah Hagen plays L’ Histoire de Babar by Francis Poulenc Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Mrs. Fyles’s Grade 4/5 classroom at Bouchie Lake Elementary School. Hagen performed and narrated The Story of Babar while the students drew pictures to accompany a line in the story, and then she collected the pictures to use in her performance Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Chuck Mobley Theatre. Lindsay Chung photos

Students received a line from The Story of Babar and then drew a picture to represent that line. These pictures were later projected as part of Sarah Hagen’s performance of Babar at the Chuck Mobley Theatre. Lindsay Chung photo

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