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"Two households...in fair Verona" are rival families, wanting nothing to do with one another. And yet, when Romeo sneaks into a party at Juliet's house, the two young people meet, fall in love, and change their families' history forever. Based on the opera by Charles Gounod, the play by William Shakespeare, and every tale of forbidden love the world over, this adaptation of the classic Romeo and Juliet story deals with the timeless themes of love, justice, compassion and more. With two possible endings, schools can choose which they prefer or leave it up to fate, having the audience vote on which ending they wish in real time.
Toledo Opera brings to your school everything that is necessary for the production, including four vocal artists, a collaborative pianist, a piano, scenery and costumes. You only need to provide a space-we love to perform in gymnasiums! For many K-8 students, this is a first step toward developing a life-long love for opera and theater performed live. Students’ rapt attention during performances shows that they are amazed by all that is happening; they are caught up in the story and in awe of the talent, both singing and acting, that the artists display. The word, awesome, appears frequently in young students’ responses to an Opera on Wheels performance.
"Absolute best program you have ever brought to us! Absolutely awesome!"
- Carrie Sanchez, Principal, Port Clinton Middle School, Port Clinton, OH
"We look forward to the Toledo Opera coming every year! Can't wait to see you next year!"
- Tia Daniels, Assistant Principal, Oakdale Elementary
Students will be both thrilled and challenged by a live arts performance that combines music, drama and story elements. What are the academic benefits? When Opera on Wheels comes to your school, students have the opportunity to achieve a variety of standards, including:
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