Suring, Gillett to host kid-friendly opera

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Opera for the Young is coming to Suring and Gillett. The company will present an adaptation of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The Suring performance will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Suring Elementary gym, and the Gillett performance will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Gillett Elementary gym.

A chorus of students will appear onstage at each school, performing alongside Opera for the Young’s professional artists.

The free performances are open to the public.

Opera for the Young brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted for children. Students appear in the chorus and cameo roles. Audiences become acquainted with the original scores of master composers, set in contexts relevant to kids’ 21st century lives. “Barber of Seville” is updated to the 1950s.

The classic character Figaro will come to life as a motorcycle-riding rascal in this adaptation. Issues of class consciousness dissolve in the face of true love and hijinks.

Every Opera for the Young production features four professional singers and one pianist.

Call Amy McClellan, Suring, at 920-842-2181, ext. 254, or Micki Carlson, Gillett, at 920-855-2119, ext. 5054, for more information.

Opera for the Young presents 200 performances annually, reaching 80,000 children every year throughout the Midwest. Information about the organization is available at www.operafortheyoung.org.