Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Magic Victrola-- Opera for Kids Saturday January 17, 3pm (Chicago)

This weekend we are going to see the Magic Victrola at the Lyric Opera.  It's an opera designed especially for kids ages 5-10 and their families.  It's fully staged, it's in English, and it's directed by a LookingGlass Theater Ensemble member David Kersner and co-written by the founder/ artistic director of Chicago Children's Theatre Jacqueline Russell.

This is the third such kid-friendly opera collaboration between these two artists, and a great idea to introduce kids to the opera.  (And parents too, if they happen to be opera-phobic)

In the show, two kids discover their grandfather's old opera records in the attic.  Not expecting much, they put them on, and classic opera vignettes come to life with easy to read English translations and large video projections. The opera vignettes are classics  by Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, and Bizet, among others

Says Cayenne Harris, director of Lyric Unlimited, the Lyric's new community engagement program: “This will be a first-time introduction to the world of opera for many of our youngest audience members so we want to make it as accessible and enjoyable as possible. The vibrant sets and costumes bring the opera stories to life with some fun pop-culture twists that will be instantly recognizable,”

There's only one performance, this Saturday at 3 pm. The running time for The Magic Victrola is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets for children are $10, $15, and $20. For adults (18+) the prices are $20, $30, and $40. Visit or call 312-827-5600 for tickets.

There may be some discount tickets available via Goldstar.

 And if your child is ready to see a full length opera, the Lyric offers children’s pricing ($20-50) for all mainstage operas.

Here's a video introduction to the three main players in the opera:

And if you want to see some video excerpts from some of the performances that will be featured,
visit the Lyric's blogpost here:

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