"Children" ranging in age from 2-to-82 all had a blast on Saturday afternoon, Oct.1, at Capitol City Opera Company’s Opera first Outreach for Children presentation of The Billy Goats Gruff at the Church of the Atonement in Sandy Springs.
Most, but not all of the "real" children took advantage of their reserved front row 'seats' - - on the floor immediately in front of the foot-high platform stage - - while a few chose instead to sit on the laps of parents, grand parents, aunts or uncles. Either way, all were introduced to Composer John Davies’ operatic adaptation of this classic fairy tale which is set to some of the greatest music ever written by Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti.
'Billy Goat' cast members included Ericka Kristin Moye, Katherine Oates Small, Damien Rasheed and Stephen McCool. They were accompanied on the piano by Michael Fauss. Following the show members of the cast mingled for 20 minutes or so chatting with the younger members of the audience.
Ideal for children in Pre-K through 5th grade, this 40-minute "opera" takes the familiar fable about three billy goats and the troll and adds a strong anti-bullying message to the program in order to promote the power of kindness.
This production of The Billy Goats Gruff was made possible, in part, through a special grant from Opera Volunteers International as well as Capitol City Opera donors who designated gifts to support the company's Outreach for Children programming.
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Capitol City's Outreach for Children performances use music to present complex ideas such as self-esteem, teamwork, honesty, and even scientific theory, in a fresh, accessible way. The goal is to have the children leave the performance with more than just a sense of classical music – they leave with a sense of themselves and how their actions can affect events around them.
Touring productions of The Billy Goats Gruff, as well as A Seussome Twosome (Gertrude McFuzz and Green Eggs and Ham) and Hansel and Gretel, are available for booking at schools, churches and other community events throughout the 2016-2017 season. All three are 40-50 minutes long and are ideal for children in Pre-K through 5th grade. For more information, contact Courtney Loner at (678) 522-4338 or email@example.com.
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Capitol City Opera Company, Inc.
1266 West Paces Ferry Road NW #451
Atlanta, GA 30327-2306
Bringing Opera to Audiences of All Ages
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in Toco Hills
Capitol City Opera
Has 25+ Year Record
of Introducing Opera
to Young People
This year's family-friendly productions include:
A Seussome Twosome
Hansel and Gretel
The Billy Goats Gruff
Each show addresses life and social skills, presenting complex ideas
such as self-esteem, teamwork, honesty - even scientific theory - in a fresh, new way.
Contact Education Coordinator Courtney Loner at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information or to book one of these programs.
Capitol City Opera thanks its public and corporate supporters.
Special thanks to our partner Oglethorpe University.
Please also visit our
page to see a list of generous individuals and families that support Capitol City Opera.