Playground Opera

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Image: David Fawbert Photography

Hansel & Gretel 2021

In the midst of the 2021 season, our small-scale production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is touring schools across the surrounding counties, reaching over 1,200 children.

Designed for outdoor playground performances, this vibrant production aims to be a Covid-proof way to bring back opera – music, storytelling, dance and drama – into schools and re-engage children in the social, cultural and health benefits of singing together.

In each school, a workshop uses singing, composing, dancing and stagecraft to introduce the opera, complemented by resources for teachers to provide further ways to engage the children.

Workshops are followed by a 45-minute interactive performance of the opera. The music has been abridged and arranged specially for school audiences and is performed by a team of trained Emerging Artists and versatile instrumentalists.

Thanks for all you’re doing to give pupils such inclusive access to opera!

Birchensale Middle School, Redditch

Director/Story Teller Maria Jagusz
Designer Harry Pizzey
Producer/MD, Keyboard Jess May
Hansel Marienella Phillips
Gretel Rebecca Silverman
Dew Fairy and Sand Man Eleanor Broomfield
Witch on Skates Daniel Holley
Accordion Miloš Milivojević
Violin Fenner Curtis

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Image: David Fawbert Photography