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Opera at Your School - Tucson

Arlyn M. Brewster OperaTunity Program

Performances are designed to be all-school assemblies and performed in your gym, cafeteria, performing arts center, or other venue at your school.

  • To perform Beauty and the Beast, we must have a space at least 20 ft wide, 20 ft deep, and 10 ft tall.
  • You may reserve up to two performances per day (exceptions can be made).
  • Both shows run 40-minutes with an optional 5-10 minute Q&A.

Performances are schedule on a first-come-first-serve-basis

 


Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

An adaptation of Zemire et Azor with music from Richard Coeur-de-lion.
Written and adapted by Joshua Borths, operaclassroom.com.
Offered: September 18 - December 14, 2023
Grade Level: K-5
Title 1 School Cost: FREE
Non-Title 1 Cost: $400/$600 for one or two performances

Based on the original fairytale, this family-friendly adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
When a wealthy merchant's ship is destroyed in a storm, he leaves his family to recover the wreckage. However, he becomes lost and finds a beautiful castle ruled by a horrid Beast. The youngest daughter, Belle, goes to find him, and in doing so, she begins an adventure that challenges everything she thought she knew about family, duty, identity, and love. This powerful opera speaks to modern audiences as it grapples with issues of greed, free will, and the reality that things are not often what they seem.

 


Who Wants to be an Opera Star!

Who Wants to be an Opera Star!

Offered: September 18 - December 14, 2023
Grade Level: 4-8
Title 1 School Cost: FREE
Non-Title 1 Cost: $400/$600 for one or two performances

This popular, 35-minute program presents a fun, engaging operatic crash-course to students. Through its gameshow style format, the performance runs through a series of questions and competitions between each opera performer and voice type. Students will learn about the different voice types, arias, and participate in the interactive aspects of the performance!

 

 


Joshua Borths, writer

Joshua Borths, Writer (operaclassroom.com)

Joshua Borths is a stage director, writer, educator, and administrator with over a decade of experience in the opera industry.

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Borths currently works with Des Moines Metro Opera and Virginia opera after having served as the Director of Opera & Musical Theater and Professor of Music History at Capital University in Columbus, OH and as Director of Education at Arizona Opera. His children's opera adaptations have been seen by hundreds of thousands of students across the country, and he is a frequent guest lecturer.

At Capital University, Borths produced and managed all of the opera and musical theatre programming while also serving as the Professor of Music History. Additionally, he created a joint Resident Artist Program with Opera Columbus creating innovative programming for both institutions. With Arizona Opera, Borths more than doubled the reach and scope of the department through innovative programming and cultural engagement.

As an educator, Borths has taught at Shenandoah University, been a Visiting Professor at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), directed Maryland Opera Studio, and been guest panelist at the Opera America Conference. He collaborated with TED Ed on their first opera resources and was featured in Opera News for his innovative approach to opera education.

 


Arizona Opera’s Education and Community Engagement programs are made possible, in part, thanks to the support of: The Molly Blank Fund, Dr. Rex Brewster, Invest in Kids Charitable Gift Fund, The Moreno Family Foundation, The Ted Stephan Teaching Artist Endowed Fund, The Arizona Republic, Cardinals Charities, The City of Peoria, and a consortium of individual donors.