OperasCool! is an interactive workshop for primary and secondary schools lead by our exceptionally talented and experienced team of professional performers and teachers who introduce the children to the stimulating disciplines of opera and musical theatre through a variety of techniques covering a broad range of core curriculum skills. Our unique approach incorporates all of the aspects that go into a production from performance to stagecraft, which are presented in a way that the children can understand, relate to and enjoy. Many people think of opera as something for the older, slower passed generation, but we begin by blowing this misunderstanding out of the water and engage the children with plots, stories and facts that spur their imaginations and inspire them to greater aspirations. Children come away from an OperasCool! workshops having shed the idea that opera is ‘scary’ or ‘boring’ and literally leave singing the praises of opera in their own dramatic interpretations.
“What have you done to my son? He’s inspired!”
- Parent quote the day after, Codicote Primary School
Using scenes from a variety of operas we involve the children in the journey of discovering their stories and the wonderful music. We make this style of music and area of performing arts accessible to all, and fantastic fun.
Some of our most popular workshops include:
One Hour Opera Workshop
This is a one hour educational programme with audience participation which introduces children to the exciting world of Opera. It is an extremely flexible and interactive workshop which works well for small groups and large, multi-school assemblies alike.
During our one hour workshop, we perform a taster of scenes sung in English from different operas including audience (and performance!) participation from the children. Using songs and snippets of dialogue teamed with a narrative to carry the children along with the stories, spur their imaginations about the characters and inspire them with the demonstration of highly skilled, trained voices and make them feel a part of the show.
The Sound of Music Experience
Our Sound of Music workshop is a one day experience which introduces the children to musical theatre and the many creative challenges that are involved in putting together a production. Each child will help to create the show, have a role within the show and the opportunity to perform alongside professional singers.
The Carmen Opera Experience
We offer this as a full day workshop including singing, stagecraft and performance or as a 90 minute intensive.
Our Carmen Intensive is a highly interactive ninety-minute educational program for primary and secondary school children to learn all of the key features of putting on their own opera!
The ninety minutes culminates with a short scene including all of the children taking part as rehearsed, putting all they’ve learnt to the test. Simple props and costume changes help to bring it all together.
Early Years Age 3-5, KS1 Age 5-7, KS2 Age 7-11, KS3 Age 11-13, KS4 Age 14-16