When you bring an Opera for the Young (OFTY) performance of "Rusalka: A Mermaid's Tale" to your school, you’re helping build a life-long love for the arts in your students.
Our professional cast is available to entertain and inform, right in your school’s gym. Each OFTY adaptation is sung in English, lasts 45 minutes and is created especially for kids.
WEEKS AHEAD OF THE SHOW the music teacher will receive a teaching packet containing:
• A Tutorial CD and Cast Recording, and
• Online access to Teaching & Student Preparation Materials
This will supply your music teacher with everything needed to prepare 16 students to sing on stage with our professional artists. Additional students can also join in and sing in the off stage chorus. We also encourage the student body to learn the music and sing from their seats. The entire school can be part of this interactive educational experience!
ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW, Opera for the Young's Teaching Artists (4 opera singers and 1 pianist) will arrive approximately 1.25 hours prior to the show. They unload the tour van - with all set pieces, costumes and props - and set the stage! All we need is a clear, clean and performance ready gymnasium or cafeteria.
ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE SHOW, students in the on (and off) stage choruses will rehearse with OFTY performers. Together, they will work on the music, run lines, and learn the stage movement and choreography.
THE PERFORMANCE WILL LAST 45 minutes and will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A led by our cast. After Q&A, there will be time for pictures, and then our cast will take down the set and pack up the touring van in about 15 minutes.
BUT EVEN AFTER THE TOURING VAN has left, the Opera for the Young experience can live on. Students have the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to evaluate the performance, and we also provide suggested post performance activities for arts and academics teachers to use in the classroom.
LOOKING TO EXPAND YOUR OFtY EXPERIENCE? Consider booking OFTY'S teaching artists for CLASS CHATS, an informal residency with individual classes. For an additional fee, performers discuss and demonstrate:
WHY do we perform opera? WHO/WHAT/WHERE/HOW/WHEN are the components of operatic production - what do you see and how did it get there? YOUR BODY IS YOUR INSTRUMENT- being an opera singer is challenging and fun!
FOR BOOKING INFORMATION, contact Katie Covi, Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 3/1/18