Opera for the Young
This April, Sugar Creek Opera is sponsoring the tour, Opera for the Young, in select elementary schools in Iroquois County by bringing opera directly to the students. Opera for the Young is performing a reduced version of The Elixir of Love that is tailor-made for students at their school. Students study the opera before the troupe arrives and then perform in the chorus in an interactive performance. This performance happens during their regular school day.
This traveling troupe of opera singers features two former Sugar Creek Opera apprentice artists, Megan Brunning and Brett Potts. Megan Brunning, pictured below on tour, played the Queen of the Night in Sugar Creek Opera’s 2015 production of The Magic Flute and Brett Potts was just seen as Al in The Grapes of Wrath this past summer. The selected schools for 2017 chosen for this performance are Watseka’s Wanda Kendall and Nette Davis, Milford School, Thawville Elementary and Gilman Elementary. The traveling troupe of singers will go to each individual school and perform for those students in their gymnasium performing in costume with live music. Sponsored by Sugar Creek Opera and in part by the Iroquois Federal Foundation, this opportunity is provided at no charge to the local schools. We hope we can sponsor this tour as an annual event and bring it to even more schools in 2018!