Mr. Brewster's Invigorating Invention

Mr. Brewster's Invigorating Invention is about the history and science of the kaleidoscope. This 35 minute opera in English has a STEAM theme (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and is appropriate for individual classroom presentations in the studies of math, science, history, art and music and is also conducive to large assembly presentations. Sir David Brewster was a Scottish physicist who invented the kaleidoscope in 1816. Soon millions of kaleidoscopes were in homes across the world. He has been called "the father of modern experimental optics." This production can use creative digital media in bringing the science and colors of the kaleidoscope to life. It is designed to be appropriate for K-8. The opera is 35 minutes long and the full presentation with Q&A and study guide review can lengthen to 50 minutes when appropriate.

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Program Details

Appropriate for ages: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

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Opera Kansas

After thirty years, Opera Kansas is still committed to bringing the power of high quality opera to people living in a modern world. Today, Opera Kansas produces a series of modern and rarely performed operas throughout the state. Additionally, the opera company works with the K-12 school system to create music educational programs that fit within the core history and literature curriculum. Opera Kansas is also committed to making opera accessible by taking performances into the community, singing in retirement homes, parks and public places in downtown Wichita.

Artistic Director

Ashley Winters

P.O. Box 8811

Wichita KS 67208


P: 785-393-1546

Arts Partners | 903 S Edgemoor, Suite 907 Wichita, KS 67218

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This Organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Board of directors

Jan-Maeve Saggerson

Tim Rogers

Lai-L Daugherty

Teresa Seymour

Rodney Horton

Chris Wendt