Tour will visit 20 schools and include a sensory friendly performance on October 28
ST. LOUIS - Oct. 21, 2017 – Opera on the GO!, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s educational program for students grades 3-10, will begin a 20-school tour on October 23, with performances continuing through November 3, 2017. The program, which has been touring St. Louis-area schools for the past 12 years, creates an interactive opera-going experience that includes a live performance of an abbreviated classic opera and workshops in music, makeup, and stagecraft.
The 2017 tour will feature a Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute. Carol North, former artistic director of Metro Theater Company, will direct the program, and Timothy Cheung will serve as music director and accompanist. The cast includes talented young singers from throughout the country. Christopher Bozeka sings the role of Tamino, and Jasmine Habersham sings Pamina. Former young artists Samuel Weiser and Robert Mellon will sing the roles of Sarastro and Papageno respectively, and Chelsea Ritenour and Teresa Castillo will alternate the roles of the Queen of the Night and Papagena.
In the St. Louis area, the tour stops include visits to the Pattonville, Ferguson-Florissant, Normandy, St. Louis Public Schools, Rockwood, Francis-Howell, and Archdiocese school districts. The two-hour program will feature three interactive workshops on singing styles, stage movement, and makeup. Afterwards, students will have an opportunity to join cast members on stage and participate in The Magic Flute performance
For the second year, Opera Theatre will present a sensory friendly performance of its featured Opera on the GO! program, tailored for young people with sound and light sensitivities and learning disabilities. That performance will take place at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School on October 28 at 1 p.m. The school is located at 692 West Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves. Tickets are $10 for students and adults, and can be purchased through the box office at (314) 961-0644, or online at ExperienceOpera.org. The sensory-friendly program is recommended for students in grades 3-10.
Since its inaugural performance in 2005, Opera on the GO! has toured over 90 schools and reached more than 15,000 children in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Also, for the past 12 years, the Monsanto Fund has generously supported Opera on the GO!
About Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.
About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American opera companies, known for a spring festival of inventive new productions, sung in English, featuring the finest American singers and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony. As of its 2017 Festival Season, Opera Theatre has presented 26 world premieres and 27 American premieres — which may be the highest percentage of new work in the repertory of any U.S. company. Described by the Sunday Times of London as “one of the few American companies worth the transatlantic fare,” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis annually welcomes visitors from nearly every state and close to a dozen foreign countries. Although the size of the theater typically limits box office income to less than a quarter of the budget, the company has consistently produced work of the highest quality while never accumulating a deficit.
Opera Theatre also has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the current generation. Among the artists who had important early opportunities at Opera Theatre are Erie Mills, Jerry Hadley, Christine Brewer, Thomas Hampson, Sylvia McNair, Dawn Upshaw, Susan Graham, Dwayne Croft, Patricia Racette, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, Lawrence Brownlee, Kelly Kaduce, and Jennifer Johnson Cano. Opera Theatre has always been known for distinguished leadership: founding general director Richard Gaddes was succeeded in 1985 by general director Charles MacKay, with famed British stage director Colin Graham as artistic director and Stephen Lord (1992 – present) as music director. Timothy O’Leary was named general director in October 2008 with acclaimed stage director James Robinson succeeding the late Colin Graham.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission, Arts and Education Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, with audience building programs supported by The Wallace Foundation.
Generous leadership support for the services of the St. Louis Symphony is provided by Jack C. Taylor and the Taylor family.