A Free Children’s Opera at Schenectady Civic Playhouse

brementownmusiciansoperatogoforchildrenSCHENECTADY – Children and families of all ages are invited to a free performance of Opera Saratoga‘s “Opera to Go” production of The Bremen Town Musicians (an adaption of the Brothers Grimm folk tale) at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 So. Church Street, Schenectady, on Saturday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m.  The performance  is underwritten by Schenectady Civic Players‘ Gwen E. Fraser Memorial Fund to give back to the
community and excite young people on the magic of the arts.

Featuring the music of Offenbach, Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi, John Davies has adapted the beloved Brothers Grimm folk tale into a delightful children’s opera. The donkey, General Boom, seeks to form a band for the town of Bremen using the outcast farm animals as musicians.  It doesn’t take long for them to discover that they have to consider each other’s feelings before they can make music. But, can the four very
different creatures band together before pirates steal their instruments?

The story of four farm animals brought together by fate and traveling with each other is very much in the tradition of beloved “journey stories,” including The Wizard of Oz, and the Toy Story movies.

Through this adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale,
children become exposed to a rich variety of operatic music while exploring
the important themes of diversity and tolerance. Acceptance of others and
the value of cooperation are themes that are interwoven throughout the
Opera-to-Go performance. Appropriate for Pre-K to Grades 6.

A cookies and punch reception follows. Admission is free. Open seating. No
advance reservations. Just walk right in. 518-382-2081.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Additional free performances of The Bremen Town Musicians are scheduled as follows…

Saturday, February 25, 2017
1:00pm
Saratoga Arts
320 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Saturday, March 11, 2017
2:00pm
Woodlawn Commons
156 Lawrence Street, #1
Saratoga Springs, NY12866

Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:30am
Center for Disability Services
265 River Street
Troy, NY 12180

Saturday, March 25, 2017
11:00am
Crandall Library
251 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Saturday, March 25, 2017
3:00pm
Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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