Rogue Opera Presents
Don Giovanni - Schools’ Workshop and Performance Package
Passionate about bringing Opera to new spaces and audiences, Rogue Opera creates intimate productions which can be performed almost anywhere. Through our strong focus on acting and staging, we aim to present the composers’ incredible music – and the performers’ incredible voices – in ways which are accessible to both first time audiences and connoisseurs. Our productions are sung in the original language, with English surtitles and performed with piano accompaniment. Close enough to see every emotion and to feel the vibration of every note, a Rogue Opera performance is live theatre at its most personal and engaging.
Our special schools matinee performance(s) (at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham) will be accompanied by workshops and materials and aimed at secondary school age students (12 +).
Workshop sessions – held at the school – are interactive and dynamic, designed to give students an insight into opera as a genre and explore the music and themes of Don Giovanni prior to seeing the performance. Demonstrations and participatory exercises will include:
• Introduction to Opera & the Opera Singer
• Preparing a live performance
• Movement, Acting and Singing
• Mozart’s Don Giovanni - music and plot
• Applied theatre exercises to explore the themes of power, fame and seduction in Don Giovanni and use them as a backdrop for discussions around attraction, consent and respect
Supporting materials will be provided and we can liaise with your staff to discuss links with your existing lesson plans.
Workshops are designed be 90 minutes, but can be adapted to suit your timetable. Workshops will be led by 4 professionals to allow small group work. Student materials will be distributed prior to the workshop.
Guy Murgatroyd - Music Director and Pianist
Michelle Buckley - Movement Director, Dancer and Choreographer
Francine Dulong - Applied Theatre Educator and Performer
Bronwen Stephens-Harding - Director and Opera Singer
Workshops - By Arrangement: 18 MARCH-5 APRIL / 29 APRIL-10 MAY
School’s Matinee Performance: 15 / 16 MAY 2019 - 1 pm - 4 pm
Matinee Performance: FREE* (includes accompanying adults)
Workshops: £10 per student for groups up to 15 / £8 per student for groups of 15 - 30**
* Thanks to support from Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grant Fund and local sponsors ** We are also happy to discuss partial donation-in-kind arrangements via provision of rehearsal space for the company.
Music Director, Guy Murgatroyd, is an accomplished pianist, repetiteur and teacher, who enjoys introducing classical music to children with a focus on fun and development, as a private tutor and with The Bach Choir’s outreach program, at the Royal Academy of Music’s Open Academy sessions and at the Abingdon Summer School.
Michelle Buckley is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and teacher who has performed in and led a number of outreach workshops in Brooklyn, New York, bringing the world of dance to school children and adults. During the Voices of the Amazon tour, she led performances and workshops for local school children who came to view open rehearsals.
Francine is a physical theatre performer, educator and Applied Theatre artist from Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been a facilitating artist for over a decade, applying drama to the teaching of language (French and English), social studies, eco-systems, computer coding, and currently body image/gender.
Director and singer, Bronwen Stephens-Harding, returned to music in 2012, and brings her years of corporate and marketing experience to creating accessible, entertaining productions. She has led workshops and training for corporates and non-profits as well as for music and drama groups.
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