The Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour brings a one-act opera to your school! For over 30 years, the Ensemble Studio School Tour has inspired and delighted students all across Ontario. With operas adapted, or created specifically, for young audiences, the Ensemble performs in full costume with sets, props and piano accompaniment. The operas are performed in English and an informal question-and-answer period with the cast immediately follows each performance.
Dates: November 3 to 30, 2014
Location: School auditoriums, community centres and community theatres
Audience Size/Grades: Up to 300 students
Fee: $925 + HST
Booking: Contact Prologue to the Performing Arts at 416-591-9092 or visit prologue.org
Additional Information: If your school does not have access to a tuned acoustic piano or an electronic piano, please inform Prologue at time of booking and the COC will bring one along! Accompanying study guides will be available at the beginning of September.
Study guides for both productions will be available in September.
For grade suitability, please see descriptions below.
Based on a tale by the Brothers Grimm, a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster set out on a journey to find freedom and start a new life after being mistreated by their owners. On the way, they learn about forgiveness, friendship, respect, self-confidence, and find a new home in an unexpected place. You may also see and hear some familiar characters and melodies from the COC’s popular The Brothers Grimm!
Scorpion puppets, mystical instruments, and magical hieroglyphs lead teachers and students on a time-travelling journey to Ancient Egypt. The opera follows three students and their university professor on a quest to find the Lost Temple of Isis. Along the way, they learn about gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt including Isis, Osiris, Set and Nephthys. When disaster strikes, the scorpions' and Isis’ ancient wisdom (along with some audience participation) save the day and restore order in this mythological world!
Feedback from the 2013/2014 School Tour:
"They are professional, well-organized, engaging, and link to so much curriculum. Thank you!" – Teacher, Buchanan Park P.S.
"Very professional, engaging, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable." – Teacher, Bedford P.S.
"Great exposure to an under-explored art form." – Teacher, St. Julia Catholic School
"Amazing performance! It was a special way to tell a story and it captivated the students' attention." – Teacher, St. Augustine Catholic School
The COC gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor: Glencore
Photos: (left to right) Lindsay Barrett as Tahamet and Jacqueline Woodley as Isis in the COC Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour production of Isis and the Seven Scorpions, 2011. Photo: Karen Reeves; Music Director Timothy Cheung plays the piano in the COC Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour production of The Brothers Grimm, 2012. Photo: Chris Hutcheson; A scene from the COC Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour production of Isis and the Seven Scorpions, 2011. Photo: Karen Reeves
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