Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Arts Learning Grant
ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage
With these performances, we hope to provide an engaging and welcoming introduction to opera for elementary school-aged children and for all interested community members. By engaging students as audience members and on-stage participants, we will demonstrate that opera belongs to people of all ages, from every walk of life, and from small towns and big cities. We hope to enliven the appetite for opera in our region. Additionally, we seek to provide paying work and invaluable stage experience for emerging professional opera singers and pianists, as well as for our artistic designers and skilled builders. Participants will be asked to complete surveys, which will be evaluated by our administrative and creative staff, as well as our board of directors. Students, teachers, and administration at each school will be surveyed, as will our performing artists. Ongoing artistic merit will be monitored throughout the tour season by our artistic staff.
Little Opera of the North gave 13 performances of Hansel and Gretel in 12 schools for nearly 5,000 elementary school audience members (and their teachers, staff, administrators, and invited guests!). In each performance, 16 students from the host school comprised the on-stage chorus. In many schools, large numbers of the audience had also learned the chorus music, and sang along. In most situations, this was the first live opera the students had seen. Surveys filled out by students, teachers and principals were very, very positive.
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