Fort Worth, Texas – On a mission to prove that opera can be fun for even the youngest audiences, Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced recently its plan to bring the magic of opera to over 2,400 third graders in Mansfield ISD in a special morning of Children’s Opera Theatre (COT) performances on Monday, November 18, 2013. Having already performed at select schools in Mansfield ISD in recent years, Children’s Opera Theatre expands its musical education outreach to include two special performances for all Mansfield ISD third-grade students in this first-ever, district level collaboration.
On the state-of-the-art stage of Mansfield ISD’s Center for Performing Arts, members of the Fort Worth Opera Studio will bring the classical fairy tale The Ugly Duckling to life in two engaging 45-mintue, English language performances. Complete with whimsical staging, colorful costumes, hilarious on stage antics, and familiar tunes and melodies, children will see the magic and power of opera in an innovative and refreshing way while also learning valuable lessons about the importance of reading, working together, and accepting differences in each other. Additionally, the FWOpera provides an online teacher's guide for the elementary-level performance that is based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
In announcing the performances, Fort Worth Opera Director of Education Hannah Guinn said “It is a pleasure for us to bring Children’s Opera Theatre to the third-graders of the Mansfield Independent School District. Performing in a venue like the Center for the Performing Arts is such a treat because it allows us to bring these engaging and fun programs to many more students than we might otherwise reach. It is a stunning facility where the students can really get an idea of what it would be like to attend an opera in this type of venue.”
Mansfield ISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas commented, “We are pleased to partner with Fort Worth Opera to bring this unique educational experience to our third graders. This program is a wonderful opportunity to foster an appreciation for theatre and the performing arts in our young students.”
About Children's Opera Theatre: The foundation of FWOpera’s educational initiatives, Children’s Opera Theatre produces two different fully-costumed, portable operas children’s operas each year and tours the productions across Texas, reaching nearly 50,000 school-aged children throughout the school year, many of whom have no other access to arts education. The artists who perform for Children’s Opera Theatre are members of the Fort Worth Opera Studio, a training program founded in 2002 for opera singer apprentices. The young artists are cast from annual national auditions and they receive professional training while in Fort Worth in addition to performing in the Children’s Opera Theatre productions.