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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF?
Created by Joshua Borths with music and themes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? is an engaging, 40-minute adaptation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni that reinvents the Don himself as the infamous Big Bad Wolf. Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs must work together to show the Wolf the error of his ways. Using the music and themes from one of Mozart’s greatest operas, young audiences learn the dangers of bullying, the power of friendship, and the ability of music to bring people together.
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.
"This was a fantastic experience for our students! Thank you for such a fun, high quality performance!"
- Carrie Sanchez, Principal, Port Clinton Middle School, Port Clinton, OH
“Many students appreciated the vocal talent and power of the singers, as well as the accompaniment of the keyboard player. [Opera On Wheels] will long be remembered at Raymer Elementary School.”
- Celeste Grime, Music Specialist, Raymer Elementary School, Toledo, OH
“This was the best performance ever! The kids laughed so much and loved the experience. The costumes were so beautiful and the voices were lovely. Thank you!”
- Kimberly Manchur, Music Teacher, Ottawa Hills Elementary School, Ottawa Hills, OH
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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