Virtual Acting in Opera for Children
“Virtual Intro to Opera Program for Children” ages 5-7
Children act in supporting roles in four different opera scenes while an aria is sung for an immediate and engaging introduction to opera. Anne Tormela the opera singer will perform the four arias remotely on video through zoom. She will explain each scene to the children who are remote learners as well as the children who are physically in the classroom. No rehearsal is needed just a desire to have fun and be part of a dramatic scene. If the children are together in school or at home they will bring their own assigned props (see below) and alternate improvisational props are acceptable (a knapkin for a scarf or hat etc..). Those students who prefer not to act in the scenes can assist in the role of assistant stage director and vocally guide the movements of the actors! Even with the limitations of a remote performance, if the children participate by acting in the scenes they will gain an immediate understanding of what opera is and what it means to physically be in an opera.
DESCRIPTION FOR CHILD FRIENDLY “Virtual Acting in Opera for Children” introduction to opera SCHOOL/HOME PROGRAM
Description of Show may be distributed ahead of time to students
ATTENTION CHILDREN AGE 5-7: ACTORS ARE NEEDED to assist Anne Tormela, Opera Singer, Artistic Director of Manhattan Lyric Opera, to PERFORM in 4 OPERA SCENES.
NO SINGING OR PRIOR REHEARSAL REQUIRED; props and small costumes will be brought by the children/teacher.
NEEDED: KIDS TO PLAY THE PART OF: FAIRIES, MAIDENS, PIRATES, MAD SCIENTISTS, A MECHANICAL DANCING DOLL AND MORE! OLDER CHILDREN CAN ALSO ACT AS ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTORS AND STAGE MANAGER FOR DIFFERENT CLASSICAL OPERATIC SCENES.
Included in this package is 1 virtual show which should last 35 to 40 minutes.
Each aria/scene would be explained in a child friendly manner. Since this is a Virtual Program for remote students as well as brick and mortar students I will be performing live to both groups via zoom. Every child will choose a specific role to act out in each scene to participate (miming but not singing) in the main and supporting roles for each scene. There would be small props and (symbolic costumes) = scarves, pirate hats, crowns, masks, jewels etc.. needed which may be improvised or brought to school ahead of time.
DESCRIPTION FOR CHILD FRIENDLY “Intro to Opera” PROGRAM
ACTORS ARE NEEDED to assist Anne Tormela, Opera Singer, Artistic Director of Manhattan Lyric Opera, to PERFORM in 3 OR 4 OPERA SCENES.
NO SINGING OR PRIOR REHEARSAL REQUIRED; PROPS AND COSTUMES with this virtual type program will be improvised.
NEEDED: KIDS TO PLAY THE PART OF: FAIRIES, MAIDENS, PIRATES, MAD SCIENTISTS, A MECHANICAL DANCING DOLL AND MORE!
Show should last 35 to 40 minutes.
Four arias from classic operas which involve audience participation. Each aria/scene would be explained in a child friendly manner. There will be sign-up sheet ahead of time so each child can be assigned a role (some roles will be double cast) to participate (acting/miming but not singing) in the main and supporting roles for each scene. There would be small props and (symbolic costumes) = scarves, pirate hats, crowns, masks, jewels etc.. which will be provided (Pre COVID) or (during COVID) can be improvised from materials at home or school.
1. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Sul d'un soffio etesio from Falstaff
Nanetta's aria from Verdi's last opera Falstaff. Nanetta is the daughter of Alice and has been asked to play the part of the queen of the fairies and sing the fairy song in the woods at midnight. This is to punish Falstaff for being silly and teach him a lesson. Nanetta is dressed as the queen of the fairies and needs extra girls to dance around her as fairies and extra boys to dance around as little demons and goblins. We would also need someone to play the part of Falstaff who is cowering in fear as he naively believes that if he is dressed as the black oaksman and is in the woods at midnight and he happens to see a fairy he will die.
2. Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Ah Je ris! From Faust
This is Marguerite's aria from Faust by Charles Gounod. Marguerite is a young pure woman whom the elderly Faust has taken an interest in. He wants to be young again so he makes a pact with the devil to give up his soul to be young and court Marguerite. This being done the devil helps Faust by placing a large chest of jewels in front of Marguerite with a mirror so she can see herself. I would need a volunteer to play Faust and another boy to play the devil. They would watch marguerite try on the jewels and admire herself. Several girls could shadow me doing the aria with a big basket of jewels.
3. Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Les oiseaux dans la charmille ("The Doll Song") from Tales of Hoffman
Hoffmann's first love is Olympia, an automaton created by the scientist Spalanzani. Hoffmann falls in love with her, not knowing that Olympia is a mechanical doll (Nicklausse, who knows the truth about Olympia, sings a story of a mechanical doll that looked like a human to warn Hoffmann, but is ignored by him Coppélius, Olympia's co-creator and this act's incarnation of Nemesis, sells Hoffmann magic glasses which make Olympia appear as a real woman Olympia sings one of the opera's most famous arias, Les oiseaux dans la charmille ("The Doll Song"), in which she periodically runs down and needs to be wound up before she can continue. Hoffmann is tricked into believing that his affections are returned, to the bemusement of Nicklausse, who subtly tries to warn his friend. (While dancing with Olympia, Hoffmann falls on the ground and his glasses break. At the same time, Coppélius appears and tears Olympia apart, in retaliation for having been tricked out of his fees by Spalanzani. With the crowd laughing at him, Hoffmann realizes that he was in love with an automaton.
I would need two boys to play the part of the two inventors,(they would have a large key to wind up Olympia with) one boy to play Nicklausse and one boy to be Hoffman.
4. Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)
Poor wandering one from The Pirates of Penzance;
Mabel is the head of her large family of sisters and they have gone off to do something very naughty for the 1850s they take off their stockings and are dangling their bare feet in the water. When a young (newly ex pirate named Frederick) approaches them and asks them to help him reform. His nursemaid apparently (being hard of hearing) mistakenly apprenticed him to a band of pirates as a youth instead of a pilot of a ship. They all shun him except mabel who finds him very attractive. Needed for the scene several girls to be the sisters and one boy to play Frederick.