Statewide Touring Productions 2019-2020
Grades Pre-K-5 and Families
GOLDIE B. LOCKS AND THE THREE SINGING BEARS Sept. 16 – Dec. 8, 2019
Goldie, a girl who loves bugs, loses her way in the forest and comes upon an empty cottage with delicious soup. Trying to find her way home after eating what doesn’t belong to her, Goldie meets a little bear, Piccolo, who confides that a robber snuck into his family’s house that very day, licked his spoon and ate his soup! After a bit of trial and error, Goldie learns that honesty is always the best choice, and as Momma, Papa & “Peek” take their new friend home, Goldie resolves to always tell the truth, and whenever troubles make her sad, to share them with a trusted grown-up.
Optional Student Backyard Buggy Chorus
Adaptation and text by John Davies, music by Mozart and Offenbach
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Feb. 3 – May 2, 2020
Frederic, a junior pirate, plans to mark his 21st birthday by breaking free from the Pirate King and beginning his courtship of Mabel. But because he was born on Feb. 29, a date that only arrives every fourth year, Frederic isn’t technically 21 – and the Pirate King is still his master. Unless something gives, Frederic will soon be on a collision course with the Pirate King’s new nemesis: Mabel’s father, the Major General!
Text and Music: W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Adaptation and additional text: Dr. Glenn Winters
STOP, BULLY! Call for available dates
In this accessible and engaging show, two friends learn that each of them is being bullied by another student in their school. They help each other decide to tell the Principal and their parents, after which the Bully apologizes to them, promises to never bully anyone again, and asks for their friendship. Before the performance begins, the audience learns a short “call and response” song that reinforces the positive messages in the show, and sings it with the cast as part of the show finale.
Text and Music: Steve Aiken and Jason Heald, Shreveport Opera
All Grades and Families
OH FREEDOM! A Musical Journey Jan. 20 – Mar. 8, 2020
This educational production honors the history of African Americans from slavery through the struggles and successes of the Civil Rights Movement to date. Educational content and music of the times create an engaging overview as the stories of leaders in equality, science, sports, politics and the arts come alive through this powerful presentation. The show is adaptable to suit all grade levels.
Middle School – College Students
OPERA MEETS BROADWAY AND EVERYONE WINS Sept. 2019 – Apr. 2020
Concert with Educational Content
The Virginia Opera artists perform a concert with a fun mix of music from both opera and Broadway. Students will learn about the selections, technical aspects of classical singing, and the many diverse jobs in the arts on and behind the stage. An extended Q&A follows the concert.
CLASSICAL SINGERS “UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” Sept. 2019 – Apr. 2020
The Director of the Statewide Education and Outreach Program, and members of the Virginia Opera Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, will demonstrate and guide students to a better understanding of some of the technical aspects of classical singing. Discussion will include such topics as: practical considerations of life in the arts, non-singing jobs in opera, learning music in foreign languages, how opera singers project their voices, creating believable characters, and how to switch between the musical and dramatic styles of opera, operetta, Broadway and classical art song – sometimes all on the same program!
ARIAS AND DUETS Sept. 2019 – Apr. 2020
Relax and enjoy an hour of gorgeous music from opera, operetta and Broadway performed by talented and engaging members of Virginia Opera’s prestigious Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program. Introductions give the context for each musical treasure in this trove of compelling selections. Savor your favorites and discover new delights!
LECTURES – Opera UpClose Sept. 2019 – Apr. 2020
Conducted by Dr. Glenn Winters, Opera UpClose is an engagement program unlike any other, delivering a variety of dynamic, in-depth presentations that provide insight into the multifaceted components of the operatic art form.
ABOUT VIRGINIA OPERA’S TOURING PROGRAM
2019-2020 marks Virginia Opera’s milestone 45th season of commitment to education. The Opera Education Program includes acclaimed education and outreach activities that began shortly after the company’s founding in 1975.
Each year, Virginia Opera’s Education Program travels state wide to offer more than 120,000 children and adults of all ages imaginative, informative, and entertaining programs. From children’s operas to concerts, lectures, master classes and workshops, Virginia Opera is committed to bringing live operatic experiences to venues beyond the opera house and into communities across the Commonwealth.
The Opera give mainstage performances in three regional markets—Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, and Northern Virginia—and in 1994 was recognized by the Virginia General Assembly as The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Grades K-5 / VA SOL Correlations
Grades K-5 / VA SOL Correlations
Grades 4-12 / VA SOL Correlations