Lollipop Opera

Lollipop Opera, a touring arts outreach program, is dedicated to introducing young students to the exciting and creative world of opera. Lollipop Opera has performed at theatrical venues throughout the region, including Seven Angels Theatre, Playhouse on Park, and Mystic Stage, as well as in the CT public school systems, and with Hartford Performs. Children from preschool and up are absolutely enthralled with the interactive tone of the shows.   All productions include an engaging pre-show opera talk, and a post-show talk-back (question & answer period for the kids in the audience) as the school’s schedule permits.

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About the Artist

Lollipop Opera was founded in 2010 by Deanna Swanson. A former singer with CT Opera’s Opera Express, Deanna developed Lollipop Opera, a touring arts outreach program dedicated to introducing young students to the exciting and creative world of opera. Lollipop Opera has performed at theatrical venues throughout the region, including Seven Angels Theatre, Playhouse on Park, and Mystic Stage, as well as in the CT public school systems, and with Hartford Performs. Children from preschool and up are absolutely enthralled with the interactive tone of the shows.   All productions include an engaging pre-show opera talk, and a post-show talk-back (question & answer period for the kids in the audience) as the school’s schedule permits.

“Our theatre contracted Lollipop Opera for our Children’s Theatre series for the last two seasons at the theatre. It was thoroughly enjoyable and extremely

well received by the children. It was professional in every aspect of performance and presentation. The performers were excellent and very personable with the children. The talk-back discussion was educational and fun, and the children were mesmerized by the production. I highly recommend them.”

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Fairy Tale Kitchen Grades K-6  NEW!!

In this fully staged opera we meet Esmeralda, a “reformed” witch who now has her own cooking show. Various characters from the fairy tale world visit looking for help from the witch, who has supposedly sworn off magic but is full of surprises. There are many opportunities for the audience to interact including on stage as part of the show.

Pricing (these are the advertised prices – same as Frog Prince)

Single Performance: $ 1215

Back-To-Back Performances: $1890

Little Red Riding Hood Grades PK -Grade 5

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Educational Content: “Little Red Riding Hood” is an exciting version of the classic tale, with opportunities for the audience to interact. This popular opera by Seymour Barab explores themes such as the importance of listening to your parents, and the consequences of making bad choices.

The program begins with a brief talk about opera – what opera is, and how we use music in opera to express ideas and emotions. During the talk, interactive elements of the show will be explained so the children may participate. Students will be given specific examples to listen for in the opera that show how music represents an idea, character, or emotion. Students will learn how opera is different from musical theater, and that opera was the predecessor to musical theater. Students will be encouraged to ask questions after the performance regarding the singers, the music, and how visual art contributes to the production through use of the sets and costumes.

Single Performance: $1,485

Back to Back Performances:  $2295

Hansel and Gretel  Grades PK-6

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Educational Content: The perennial favorite by Humperdinck, shortened for school assemblies. Soaring melodies, a scary witch, and audience participation make this opera a delightful treat for all. The program begins with a brief talk about opera – what opera is, and how we use music in opera to express ideas and emotions. Students will be given specific examples to listen for in the opera that show how music represents an idea, character, or emotion. Students will learn how opera is different from musical theater, and that opera was the predecessor to musical theater. Students will be encouraged to ask questions after the performance regarding the singers, the music, and how visual art contributes to the production through use of the sets and costumes. During the opera talk and the Q&A session following each opera, students will ask and answer questions regarding opera production they have just seen.

Single Performance: $1,520

Back to Back Performances:  $2330

3 Little Pigs–A Pig Tale  Grades  PK – 5

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Educational Content: “The Three Little Pigs – A Pig Tale” is a charming take on the original story, exploring themes of friendship, conflict, bullying, trust, and working together to solve problems. An exciting, fast-paced show, including elements of dance and audience participation, this show features an original libretto set to music of Offenbach, Sullivan, Verdi and Mozart. The program begins with a brief talk about opera – what opera is, and how we use music in opera to express ideas and emotions. During the talk, interactive elements of the show will be explained so the children may participate. Students will be given specific examples to listen for in the opera that demonstrate how music represents an idea or emotion. Students will learn how opera is different from musical theater, and that opera was the predecessor to musical theater. Students will be encouraged to ask questions after the performance regarding the singers, the music, and how visual art contributes to the production through use of the sets and costumes. This opera has a gentle anti-bullying message and a surprise happy ending for all that celebrates working together.

Single Performance: $1,450

Back to Back Performances:  $2260

The Frog Prince  Grades 1-6

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Educational Content: The Frog Prince is a sparkling adaptation of the familiar tale, with an original libretto set to music of famous composers such as Donizetti, Offenbach and Sullivan. The operetta explores important themes, including listening to your parents, keeping your promises, being true to your friends, and the idea that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” The program begins with a brief talk about opera – what opera is, and how we use music in opera to express ideas and emotions. During the talk, interactive elements of the show will be explained so the children may participate. Students will be given specific examples to listen for in the opera that show how music represents an idea, character, or emotion. Students will learn how opera is different from musical theater, and that opera was the predecessor to musical theater. During the Q&A session following each opera, students will have the opportunity to ask and answer questions regarding opera production.

Single Performance: $ 1215

Back to Back Performances:  $1890

The Coffee Cantata Grades 4-12

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This hilarious rendition of J.S. Bach’s comic cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering aka the Coffe Cantata is a tour-de-force for the members of Lollipop Opera!  Their original English translation sparkles with modern humor and the costumes, props, and madcap antics will have you wondering-is this J.S. or P.D.Q. Bach?

Single Performance: $1,080

Back to Back Performances:  $1755

The Cell Phone  Grades 5-12

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Educational Content: “The Cell Phone”, an adaptation of Menotti’s “The Telephone”, is a 20th century one-act opera in expressionistic style that is a comic take on a situation which is still relevant today: Ben wants to ask Lucy an important question, but can’t get a word in edgewise because her cell phone keeps ringing. The program begins with a brief talk about opera – what opera is, and how we use music in opera to express ideas and emotions. During the talk, the expressionistic movement in art is examined, along with its influences on 20th century opera. Musical examples are given to compare and contrast 20th century opera with opera of prior centuries. During the opera talk and the Q&A session following each opera, students will: 1. Give emotional responses to the opera including what part of the show was their favorite, and 2. Learn and be able to give specific examples of how ideas and emotions are expressed in opera through music as opposed to merely through text.

Single Performance   $1,080

Back to Back Performances:  $1755

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