December 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Kinder und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household tales), the first publication of the famous collection of fairytales gathered by the Brothers Grimm. The timeless tales like Little Red Cap, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and many others continue to fascinate those young and young at heart. In celebration of this milestone, the COC is proud to present The Brothers Grimm and Hansel and Gretel based on the beloved stories gathered by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, featuring current members and recent graduates of the COC Ensemble Studio.
The Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour brings a one-act opera to your school! For over 20 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 5 to November 30, 2012
Location: School auditoriums, community centres and community theatres
Audience Size/Grades:Up to 300 students, kindergarten to Grade 6
Fee: $875 + 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 are now available.
The charming opera by Canadian composer Dean Burry tells the story of the two comical brothers as they gather three well-known fairytales including Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. With almost 500 performances taking place in schools and on professional stages both nationally and internationally, The Brothers Grimm is believed to be the most performed Canadian opera of all time! Read the study guide
This famous Grimm fable of two brave children will enchant and entertain your young audience. The story of Hansel and Gretel and the witch, the comforting Sandman and the magical gingerbread house is retold through beautiful melodies from Engelbert Humperdinck’s well known opera of the same name. Read the study guide
“Both the production and the informative follow-up activities provided a unique learning opportunity by enabling the students to connect the dynamic and creative integration of curriculum expectations. The story skillfully integrated both the Ancient Civilizations aspect of Social Studies and an understanding of opera as an integral component of the Arts.” Principal, Toronto Catholic District School Board
“You came to our school and sang for us from your hearts.” Grade 3 Student
Date/Time: Winter 2012
Ticket Pricing: TBD
Purchase Tickets: Purchase tickets online in winter 2012 or call COC Ticket Services, 416-363-8231
The COC gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor: Xstrata
Preliminary sketch of the COC production of the Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour of Hansel and Gretel. Photo Credit: Brent Krysa © 2005
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