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.