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Lollipop Opera

Lollipop Opera, a touring arts outreach program, is dedicated to introducing young students to the exciting and creative world of opera. Lollipop Opera has performed at theatrical venues throughout the region, including Seven Angels Theatre, Playhouse on Park, and Mystic Stage, as well as in the CT public school systems, and with Hartford Performs. Children from preschool and up are absolutely enthralled with the interactive tone of the shows. All productions include an engaging pre-show opera talk, and a post-show question & answer period for the audience.

About the Artist

Lollipop Opera was founded in 2010 by Deanna Swanson. A former singer with CT Opera’s Opera Express, Deanna developed Lollipop Opera, a touring arts outreach program dedicated to introducing young students to the exciting and creative world of opera. Lollipop Opera has performed at theatrical venues throughout the region, including Seven Angels Theatre, Playhouse on Park, and Mystic Stage, as well as in the CT public school systems, and with Hartford Performs. Children from preschool and up are absolutely enthralled with the interactive tone of the shows.   All productions include an engaging pre-show opera talk, and a post-show talk-back (question & answer period for the kids in the audience) as the school’s schedule permits.

“Our theatre contracted Lollipop Opera for our Children’s Theatre series for the last two seasons at the theatre. It was thoroughly enjoyable and extremely

well received by the children. It was professional in every aspect of performance and presentation. The performers were excellent and very personable with the children. The talk-back discussion was educational and fun, and the children were mesmerized by the production. I highly recommend them.”

Fairy Tale Kitchen Grades K-6 

In this fully staged opera we meet Esmeralda, a “reformed” witch who now has her own cooking show. Various characters from the fairy tale world visit looking for help from the witch, who has supposedly sworn off magic but is full of surprises. There are many opportunities for the audience to interact including on stage as part of the show.

Pricing (these are the advertised prices – same as Frog Prince)

Single Performance: $1,425
Back-To-Back Performances: $2145

Little Red Riding Hood Grades PK-Grade 5

Educational Content: “Little Red Riding Hood” is an exciting version of the classic tale, with opportunities for the audience to interact. This popular opera by Seymour Barab explores themes such as the importance of listening to your parents, and the consequences of making bad choices.

The program begins with a brief talk about opera – what opera is, and how we use music in opera to express ideas and emotions. During the talk, interactive elements of the show will be explained so the children may participate. Students will be given specific examples to listen for in the opera that show how music represents an idea, character, or emotion. Students will learn how opera is different from musical theater, and that opera was the predecessor to musical theater. Students will be encouraged to ask questions after the performance regarding the singers, the music, and how visual art contributes to the production through use of the sets and costumes.

Single Performance: $1,715
Back to Back Performances: $2,570

3 Little Pigs–A Pig Tale  Grades  PK–5

Educational Content: “The Three Little Pigs – A Pig Tale” is a charming take on the original story, exploring themes of friendship, conflict, bullying, trust, and working together to solve problems. An exciting, fast-paced show, including elements of dance and audience participation, this show features an original libretto set to music of Offenbach, Sullivan, Verdi and Mozart. The program begins with a brief talk about opera – what opera is, and how we use music in opera to express ideas and emotions. During the talk, interactive elements of the show will be explained so the children may participate. Students will be given specific examples to listen for in the opera that demonstrate how music represents an idea or emotion. Students will learn how opera is different from musical theater, and that opera was the predecessor to musical theater. Students will be encouraged to ask questions after the performance regarding the singers, the music, and how visual art contributes to the production through use of the sets and costumes. This opera has a gentle anti-bullying message and a surprise happy ending for all that celebrates working together.

Single Performance: $1,715
Back to Back Performances: $2,570


The Coffee Cantata Grades 3-6

This hilarious rendition of J.S. Bach’s comic cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering aka the Coffe Cantata is a tour-de-force for the members of Lollipop Opera!  Their original English translation sparkles with modern humor and the costumes, props, and madcap antics will have you wondering-is this J.S. or P.D.Q. Bach?

Single Performance: $1,285
Back to Back Performances: $2,000

The Cell Phone  Grades 6-8

Educational Content: “The Cell Phone”, an adaptation of Menotti’s “The Telephone”, is a 20th century one-act opera in expressionistic style that is a comic take on a situation which is still relevant today: Ben wants to ask Lucy an important question, but can’t get a word in edgewise because her cell phone keeps ringing. The program begins with a brief talk about opera – what opera is, and how we use music in opera to express ideas and emotions. During the talk, the expressionistic movement in art is examined, along with its influences on 20th century opera. Musical examples are given to compare and contrast 20th century opera with opera of prior centuries. During the opera talk and the Q&A session following each opera, students will:

  1. Give emotional responses to the opera including what part of the show was their favorite, and
  2. Learn and be able to give specific examples of how ideas and emotions are expressed in opera through music as opposed to merely through text.

Single Performance: $1285
 

Mad-Lib-retto! Grades 4-7

"Mad-Lib-retto!" brings the excitement of a live performance directly to your classroom - and YOU get to help create the show! Veteran performers John & Deanna Swanson lead the students in using their knowledge of parts of speech to contribute appropriate words, Mad-Lib style, to complete the libretto of an opera. The activity integrates knowledge of the English language with the creation of an artistic work. The opera the students help create is performed live and presented to them for critical review, right in the classroom. An accompanying booklet of classroom materials is provided to the teacher, who may select at their discretion worksheets that apply to their particular grade level. The booklet has information on opera as well as worksheets on parts of speech. Mad-Lib-retto!  is different from Lollipop Opera's other productions; it does not require a stage or auditorium setting, nor a piano and microphone, and does not rely on set pieces or costumes to deliver the story, which the students help to create. The resulting opera is sung to pre-recorded tracks played on a small sound system which the artists provide.

Single:  $715

Back to Back: $1285

SOME OF OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS

  • Carolyn Foundation
    Carolyn Foundation
  • COA
    COA
  • Ion Bank
    Ion Bank
  • Community Chest
    Community Chest
  • CFGNH
    CFGNH
  • WQUN
    WQUN