Friday, February 24, 2012

Some Enchanted Evening

Marta Johnson, COT for Teens Teaching Artist

Chicago Opera Theater for Teens is off to a great start this spring. With 32 kids enrolled, we are embarking on learning a trimmed version of South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This past Saturday we were fortunate enough to go see the touring Broadway production of South Pacific. This inspired a lot of conversation about script and director choices, voice types, opera versus music theater and many other interesting topics. Many students were inspired by seeing a professional production, live, of the very work we are just learning.

So far we have learned a choral version of Honey Bun and have created a “remix” of I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair, There is Nothing Like a Dame, Some Enchanted Evening, and Honey Bun. We have learned the music for the remix and are currently working on the choreography for our audition for Citywide Showcase. This is an event put on by After School Matters every spring. ASM picks ten performing groups from across the entire city, as well as having an art gallery and culinary treats made by the teen culinary programs. It is a real honor to be chosen to be a part of the Citywide Showcase and we are hopeful that we will be amongst the performing groups again this year.

Please come see us for our final performances of South Pacific!
April 19th and 20th
First United Methodist at the Chicago Temple
77 W Washington Street
6 pm both evenings.

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