The final week offered a special day for kids! On August 4th, children found out that it doesn’t take a wizard to understand opera as they experienced the festivities surrounding the Family Matinee performance of Amadigi di Gaula. The Central City Opera Guild hosted Take a Child to the Opera where kids learned in a fun and engaging way about Amadigi and what it takes to put together an opera.
Deven Shaff and Deb Morrow of Central City Opera’s Education & Community Programs started off the event with some creative mind-bending ice breakers such as the Silent Machine. All joined in by creating a motion sans sound and becoming part of the machine!
|Kids and adults all make a motion sans sound and create the Silent Machine.|
|Kids re-enact an action point from Humpty Dumpty – Poor Humpty!|
The event culminated in the kids re-creating scenes from Amadigi so they would be ready for the opera! With special gifts from the Guild in hand (a Central City Opera rain poncho and a magic wand – a very fitting combination indeed!), everyone headed across the street to the Teller House for a magic show with The Wizard from The Wizard’s Chest in Cherry Creek. Hearing about the magical prestidigitations, a huge group of kids appeared to watch in wonder as they waited for a rabbit to come out of the hat!
|The Wizard brought his bag of tricks from The Wizard’s Chest.|
|A huge audience of kids came to watch the magic of The Wizard before heading off to Amadigi.|
After an exciting start to the day, the children were treated to the simple magic of opera. Imagine what next year has in store…