By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Local students from private and public schools came together Sunday for an opera where most of the actors are children, but the message is for everybody.

Sixteen grade and high schoolers took to the stage for Azia’io — an Italian Fantasy Opera inspired by the work of William Shakespeare that dealt with empathy and environmental responsibility.

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“It was an amazing experience filled with amazing people,” this student says. “I’m just very grateful that I got to be a part of it.”

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The students have been working for two years on the opera which had two showings over the weekend at The String Theory School of Philadelphia. And they tell KYW Newsradio they were pleased with the result.

“I think it was really awesome and a great experience, because I was with all the people that I love.”

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“ It was just amazing seeing how we did this last year and how much we improved.”