Bremen Town Musicians Opera to Go for children

The Bremen Town Musicians

February 27 - April 1st, 2017

In a world where the default forms of entertainment for children are primarily television, video games and the Internet, Opera Saratoga’s Opera-to-Go program provides youth with an all-too-rare opportunity to experience the visceral thrill of the live performing arts, up close and personal!

Each year, Opera Saratoga tours an Opera-to-Go production to more than fifty public and private schools throughout the greater Capital and lower Adirondack regions of NY, western Massachusetts, and southern Vermont. The performances feature charismatic professional artists who love to share their joy of music and theater through the opera, as well as through question and answer sessions where students have the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about the music and what it takes to put on a performance.

In 2017, between February 27th and April 1st, Opera Saratoga will present a new production of The Bremen Town Musicians!

Featuring the music of Offenbach, Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi, John Davies has adapted the beloved Brothers Grimm Folk tale into delightful children’s opera. The donkey, General Boom, seeks to form a band for the town of Bremen using the outcast farm animals as musicians. It doesn’t take long for them to discover that they have to consider each other's feelings before they can make music. But, can the four very different creatures band together before pirates steal their instruments?

The story of four farm animals brought together by fate and traveling with each other is very much in the tradition of beloved "journey stories," including The Wizard of Oz, and the Toy Story movies. Journey Stories are about characters that are usually very different from each other and motivated by distinctly personal goals. They travel together, often reluctantly, but then successfully face obstacles that no one of them would be able to overcome on their own. As the group moves from one challenge to another, the travelers come to appreciate the importance of putting their differences aside and working together.

Through this adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale, students will be exposed to a rich variety of operatic music while exploring the important themes of diversity and tolerance. Acceptance of others and the value of cooperation are themes that are interwoven throughout this year's Opera-to-Go performance. Appropriate for Pre-K to Grades 6.

Cost: $550 per performance

You may be eligible for reimbursement for some or all of the program cost through your regional BOCES office, or with assistance from your PTA or other fundraising organizations

Thank you to our generous sponsors, who make Opera-to-Go possible: