Dear Friends of Opera Kids, Family, and Supporters,
Since our last big update in March, we successfully brought Creating Original Opera back to Newark, NJ (and at no cost to the school or any of the children)!
Together with two former Newark Opera Kids (now adults) - Khalilah Williams-Green and Ziara Albritton - we created an after-school Arts Program at BRICK Avon Academy and met with a group of nearly thirty 5th-graders every Tuesday and Friday from the beginning of March to the end of June.
While we had been pure observers and documentarians of our first class of Opera Kids in Englewood, NJ, we became full-on participants of this process in Newark - teaching and facilitating these kids' artistic process - from warmups and theme brainstorm discussions to a completely staged musical production.
Please click into this link HERE for a little video teaser of our time in Newark. In this clip, you'll hear two of the kids' five songs ("I Warned You" & "Shine") from their original opera called "Don't Judge a Book by its Cover."
As we inch closer to the one-year anniversary of our successful Kickstarter Campaign, we've now shot double the footage we had, and it is our hope that our final film will encompass both the Englewood and Newark Opera Kids' experiences, therefore exploring the impact of the arts in these two very different schools only 30 minutes away from each other.
To the edit room for the Fall!
As always, should you have any questions or wish to help us in our Opera Kids mission, please comment here or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We believe that what had started as an entertaining snapshot of 10-year-olds at collaborative creativity has now also become a substantive commentary on the arts in varying dimensions of our world. It should be well worth the wait. Once more, thank you for believing in this film, in us, and also for your patience.
Max, Joe, John and the Opera Kids Team
*A special shout-out to team members Jared Oliff-Lieberman on his work preparing this Update Video, Julian Torres Barbosa and Jennifer McCabe on their beautiful photography as well as Diane Englander Peyser for her stills shown here. See the complete listing of the Opera Kids Team HERE.