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Opera in a Dropbox: Cinderella

Arizona Opera is excited to announce Opera in a Dropbox: Cinderella! While we wish we could offer live and in-person productions this year, we hope that this innovative, hybrid curriculum will help enliven your students, foster curiosity, and bring the joy of musical storytelling to your classroom!

Opera in a Dropbox allows YOU to pick the path that is most beneficial to you and your students. All materials are already created for you, including step-by-step instructions as to how to facilitate each option. Opera in a Dropbox will allow students to developing their reading and acting skills, while being accompanied by tracks that were pre-recorded by professional opera singers, and with a guest artist watching and leading the performance.

 

About the story:

In this adaptation of the classic fairytale, Cinderella works to overcoming her challenging situation to become the person she knows she has always been. With colorful characters and melodies, this story will teach your students the morals of kindness towards all, forgiving others, and never letting a bad thing ruin your heart. The production is a 35-minute adaptation from La Cenerentola, by Gioachino Rossini, and Cendrillon by Jules Massenet.

 

You Choose the Path:

A) Performance Project

Your students can take part in the performance by acting out the Reader’s Theatre dialogue, telling the story of Cinderella along with the musical/video tracks. With preparation, your students perform for the Arizona Opera Education Teaching Artist or staff member. Don’t worry, we are not expecting professional level performances!

This option is ideal for classrooms planning for a week (or so) of preparation AND contains a majority of students with a 2nd grade (or higher) reading level. Best for classrooms meeting in-person or hybrid.

 

B) Musical Storytime

Have the Arizona Opera Education Teaching Artist or staff member guide your classroom through the story of Cinderella. Students will engage with the Artist and story by answering questions in real time about the story and music.

This option is ideal for classrooms that do not have ample time to prepare for the virtual visit OR have students below a 2nd grade (or higher) reading level. Best for classrooms meeting entirely online.

 

C) Artist Spotlight

Want to make the most of your time with a professional artist in your classroom? Teach Cinderella to your students in advance, preparing questions for your Arizona Opera Education Teaching Artist. In return, your students will learn about opera (and the human voice) from a professional!

This option is ideal for classrooms that will prepare before the virtual visit AND have students who are well above the 2nd grade reading level. Option is available for classrooms meeting in-person, hybrid, or entirely online.

 

If you are not sure which option is best for you, Arizona Opera will determine the best option based on your answers to the above questions.