Children’s Traveling Opera
Children’s Traveling Opera (CTO) is an award winning and nationally renowned program providing students in grades 3-6 with the opportunity to participate in their own mini-opera production. The program has evolved since its inception in 1973. Over the years, the program has produced popular shows such as George Bizet’s beloved Carmen and Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
Beginning in the fall of 2016, an updated Children’s Traveling Opera taken from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is being offered for elementary school students in the Greater Miami Valley area. At the schools visited by the Guild production, students are selected to pantomime and act various roles with a professional singer and a keyboard accompanist. Volunteers from the Guild coach the young actors backstage as the plot progresses. The program concept is unique among opera education programs presented across the nation. A good study guide for this opera is offered by the Utah Shakespeare Festival at their site. Click here to view it.
In February of 2017 this production of The Pirates of Penzance was selected for an Opera Volunteers International Award of Excellence. The Award recognizes a team of eight Guild members who labored over 300 hours to modify the show for students, to create new sets and props, design and sew new costumes and write the libretto.
To arrange for your school to have this program, call Linda Rountree at 937/429-1503.