About In-School Tours


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TOURING OPERAS

Let the artists of the Michigan Opera Theatre Touring Company perform a one-act opera, musical revue, or concert for your school!


  • Programs for all audiences, elementary school to adult.
  • Performances last 30-45 minutes.
  • Operas and musicals embrace learning, and comply with curriculum benchmarks.
  • A question-and-answer session follows each performance.
  • Our performances qualify for grant assistance from the Michigan Humanities Council.

TOURING WORKSHOPS

Workshops may accompany performances, too! Residencies are two or more days of performances and workshops. The Touring Company can create a program specifically for your audience. Artists can also appear as part of a special event or fundraiser. 

TOURING LECTURES

Michigan Opera Theatre’s Touring Company also provides a series of lectures year-round.

Touring Operas

 FOR K-5 AUDIENCES 

 

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THE ARABOOLIES OF LIBERTY STREET

Music by Ron Perera
Libretto by Constance Congdon

Running time: 45 minutes
For audiences: K-5 

Based on Sam Swope's award-winning children's book of the same name (Michigan Department of Education's suggested reading list for social studies), this one-act children's opera tells a humorous and endearing story of diversity and tolerance. Request a Tour

 

 

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THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN

Music and Libretto by: Seymour Barab
Running time: 40
For audiences: K-5 

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a delightful musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale with music and libretto by the Dean of Children’s Opera, Seymour Barab. The Pied Piper is hired by the Mayor of Hamelin to rid the town of its rats. The piper does what he’s asked, but is denied the payment promised him; in revenge, he lures all of Hamelin’s children out of town until the Mayor of Hamelin “pays the piper.” After the piper is paid the children are returned to their families and joy and peace are restored to Hamelin. This story allows children to learn the consequences of breaking promises. This show is 45 minutes in length and requires student participation in non-speaking roles. Request a Tour

 

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Music and Libretto by: Seymour Barab
Running time: 45
For audiences: K-5

Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood is a delightful adaptation of the fairy tale classic, in which the scary wolf is transformed into a comic character, and Little Red learns why she should have listened to her mother. Barab uses just the right mix of tradition; even though kids know how the story should end, they’ll sit on the edge of their chairs.

 


 

 FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL AND ADULT 

LIBERTY'S SONG

A journey of African-American history told through music, song, drama and the spoken word.

 

THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK

A dynamic cabaret-style revue of the most beautiful music from Broadway’s greatest composers like George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and more. Request a Tour

 

MOT SAMPLER

A variety sampler for audiences of all ages. An entertaining and educational revue of hits from Grand Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. Request a Tour

 

 FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND ADULT AUDIENCES 

PIZZA CON FUNGHI (Pizza with Mushrooms)

Music and Libretto by: Seymour Barab
Running time: 55
For audiences: High school and Adult 

A hilarious, over-the-top one-act spoof of Grand Opera! (Available January 2014)

 

All Community Program performances follow standards in the Michigan Frameworks and the National Goals 2000.
For booking information please contact Dolores Tobis at 313-237-3429 or dtobis@motopera.org.

 

Touring Lectures

Michigan Opera theatre provides touring lectures year round.

tourgrantsavailable100.jpgTHE LIFE AND MUSIC OF SIGMUND ROMBERG

Lecturer: Mark Vondrak
Born in Europe, composer Sigmund Romberg emigrated to the United States, bringing with him the best of the European Operetta style, creating for the American public such masterworks as The Student Prince, Maytime and many more.

THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JEROME KERN

Lecturer: Mark Vondrak
Composer Jerome Kern served as the bridge between the Viennese Operetta style and the new American Musical Theater style, thus earning him the title of “father of the modern American musical.” This lecture includes many examples of Kern’s beautiful and timeless melodies.

 

Booking

All Community Program performances follow standards in the Michigan Frameworks and the National Goals 2000.
For booking information please contact Dolores Tobis at 313-237-3429 or dtobis@motopera.org.

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Touring Workshops

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Choose from below or let us customize a program to suit your individual needs.

CREATE AND PERFORM

Improvisational curriculum in music, movement, acting, and language, culminating in a performance.

CONDUCT AND CREATE!

An assembly program which teaches conducting signals and culminates in performance pieces using either “body percussion,” vocal and mouth sounds, or traditional instruments.

Booking

All Community Program workshops follow standards in the Michigan Frameworks and the National Goals 2000. For booking information please contact Dolores Tobis at 313-237-3429 or dtobis@motopera.org.