Little Red Riding Hood Opera Performed for School Children
The Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) embarked on the 42nd season of their In-School Opera tour with the 30 minute children’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood, by Seymour Barab. Almost 20,000 children in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties at 35 schools participated. The story had fun and catchy music plus great humor all implemented by a fantastic cast and crew. The children were truly engaged as they roared with laughter and yelled out to warn grandma about the wolf at her door. Lesson learned: “Don’t talk to strangers”. YPO also provided their signature ‘Opera Funtime’ booklets. This learning guide tells the story of the opera, and includes music, features, games, and puzzles. They use this booklet in the classroom to prepare for the show and is a tool to help with reading comprehension and more.
Since its inception in 1975, it is estimated that over 500,000 children in public and private schools around south Florida have seen these wonderful professional performances free of charge. A good number of the children might not have a chance to experience opera if it wasn’t for this program, …. and these children who fall in love with opera are the opera supporters of tomorrow.
YPO offers opera education to children because, now more than ever, music programs are needed in today’s world. Many school systems have eliminated or reduced arts programs which are vital to developing minds. By fostering an appreciation of and exposure to future generations, opera can survive. The members of YPO are able to offer the In-School Opera program thanks to their fundraising efforts as well as their donors and supporters such as the Shepard Broad Foundation, the Abraham R Abraham Foundation, and the Opera Society.