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A mobile opera for children and the young-at-heart, presented with dance, puppets, and sing-a-long!
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What even happens in this opera? 
When an angry child defies his mother, destroying his room and torturing animal friends instead of finishing his homework, the broken furniture, wounded pets, and even disgruntled Mr. Arithmetic himself decide to teach the boy a lesson! The twenty characters in this whimsical opera are imaginatively portrayed here by just five singers. Best of all, children (and the young-at-heart) in the audience can join the performance as a sing-a-long chorus. With the aid of puppets created by Portland's own Jason Ropp / Dragon Theater Puppets and a design inspired by American pop-art icon Roy Lichtenstein, this production will surely delight children, parents, and teachers alike.

Cast & Creators:
The Child – Lindsey Rae Johnson
Soprano roles– Jocelyn Claire Thomas 
Mezzo-soprano roles– Sadie Gregg 
Tenor roles– Ray Jackson
Baritone roles– Daniel Gibbs
Pianist – Brian Thomas
Keyboard – Simon Bielman
Direction – Hayley Glickfeld Bielman 
Puppet build - Jason Ropp / Dragon Theater Puppets
Costumes - Eileen Ehlert
Musical arrangement – Kevin Elmore
English translation – Emily Newman
Archival photography - Dhal Glad

Where and when? 

Who are we?
Ping & Woof Opera: Dedicated to bringing intimate and accessible opera experiences to the Portland-area community, and making opera available to everyone through donation-based admission.

Necessity Arts Collective: Presenting inventive theater no matter what, because for us artistic communication is a necessity, and necessity is the mother of invention!

Jason Ropp / Dragon Theater Puppets:  Founded in 1995 by Jason Ropp,  Dragon Theater Puppets & Princesses has a strong following and a reputation for presenting high quality entertainment for the whole family. Their goal is to promote love, understanding and fun through educational entertainment.

Ping & Woof Opera and Necessity Arts Collective share a passion for serving their communities through art. Thus, public performances of The Child‘s Frightful Fantasy will serve as collection points for the Oregon Food Bank, which works to eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

Past productions of Ping & Woof Opera and NAC include: 

  • Orlando (P&W), August 2017
  • Stabat Mater (P&W and NAC), fundraiser for Ceasefire Oregon, March 2017 (video below)
  • Liebeslieder Walzer (P&W), February 2017
  • The Singing Butler (NAC for PDX Contemporary Ballet), February 2017 (video below)
  • La Clemenza di Tito (P&W), November 2016
  • Le Nozze di Figaro (P&W), July 2016
  • Così fan tutte (the remix), (P&W), April 2016
  • Così fan tutte (P &W), November 2015
  • Opera Highlights Concert (P&W), September 2015
  • Hansel & Gretel (P&W), May 2015
  • The Just-So Stories (NAC), September 2014 (video below)

Check out Dragon Theater Puppets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Pinterest.

Where is the money going?
There will be 15 puppets in this show, which range in price from $0 - $500 each to build.  These, the costumes and traveling set pieces will require: 

  •  A lot of foam, fabric, paint and ink;
  • Some rods, ribbons and orange gloves;
  • A few stuffed animals, wigs, pipes, curtains, and remote control cars;
  • A little make-up;
  • Plus an umbrella, a birdcage, a lazy Susan and a pair of boxing gloves;
  • And other random sundries.

Intrigued? It’s a lot of little things that add up quickly.  We also need to pay for marketing materials.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We only have 40 hours of rehearsal time to put this show together!

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    Squirrel

    We'll send you an electronic study guide filled with fun information about the composer, librettist, and artist - including activities you can do on your own at home. Great for parents and teachers bringing their kids to the opera for the first time.

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    Boxing Tea Set

    Iconoclassic: an album by our keyboard player, Simon Bielman (digital copy) that inlcudes Le Tombeau de Couperin and other classic and original works for piano; plus an electronic study guide.

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    Iconoclassic: an album by our keyboard player, Simon Bielman (HARD COPY) that inlcudes Le Tombeau de Couperin and other classic and original works for piano; plus an electronic study guide.

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    A poster signed by the cast MAILED TO YOU; plus the album Iconoclassic (including Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin) and an electronic study guide.

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    Choose 2 of your favorite photos from the show, and we'll print & mail you an 8 x 10 of each; plus a signed poster, the album Iconoclassic (including Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin) and an electronic study guide.

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    Pilot

    Come watch a rehearsal! Scheduled in agreement with the director. Plus, two of your favorite 8 x 10 photos from the show, a signed poster, the album Iconoclassic (including Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin) and an electronic study guide.

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    Co-Pilot

    3 voice lessons with soprano Jocelyn Claire Thomas, to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time. Plus, two of your favorite 8 x 10 photos from the show, a signed poster, the album Iconoclassic (including Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin) and an electronic study guide.

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    Mr. Arithmetic

    A private Liederabend (song recital) by soprano Jocelyn Claire Thomas and pianist Brian Thomas for you and your guests in your own home or private venue in the greater Portland area - with 2 cakes baked by Hayley Glickfeld Bielman. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Plus watch a rehearsal, two of your favorite 8 x 10 photos from the show, a signed poster, the album Iconoclassic (including Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin) and an electronic study guide.

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    Princess

    A private performance of The Child's Frightful Fantasy for you and your guests in the greater Portland area between December 4th and 10th, 2017. Date and venue to be mutually agreed upon. Plus, watch a rehearsal, two of your favorite 8 x 10 photos from the show, a signed poster, the album Iconoclassic (including Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin) and an electronic study guide.

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Funding period

- (30 days)