Tonight, children at Macon's Stone Academy are putting on their dancing shoes, and getting ready to hit theaters for a four day performance.
After six weeks of learning the moves, and creating the costumes, the kids are ready to perform in the children's opera, "A Muskrat Lullaby."
"The theme of the opera is the transformative power of music," says Director Martha Malone, Mercer Opera.
It's a message teachers hope will open the realm of possibility for these young performers.
"They see their pathway broadened just a little bit more when they have an opportunity to work for a production like this," says choreographer, Pilar Wilder.
It's a community wide collaboration by Mercer University Opera, Central Georgia Opera Guild, Douglass Theater, DFACS, and Macon Arts Alliance.
"It's about exposing them to life," says Executive Director, Jim Coleman, Macon Arts Alliance.
This opportunity is more than just a chance for these kids to express themselves artistically.
"They need a challenge that they can rise to," says arts education consultant, Dot Brown.
The hope is that in the future these children will continue that need to rise above their former selves.
"It's about instilling that sense of accomplishment," says Coleman.
They want to ensure that feeling carries the community's youngest members toward a promising future.
"And if we don't give them these experiences, they won't know that they might grow up to be singers someday, or that they may want to hear some music someday, or get a college education," says Malone.
The performances will be held at 6pm for four nights this week. On Tuesday and Wednesday they will take place on the stage at Douglass Theater. On Thursday and Friday they will move over to Fickling Hall at Mercer University.
The performances will also feature Mercer University Opera students. They are free and open to the public.