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?
- Friday 8. December @ 4:00pm - Beaverton Library
- Saturday 9. December @ 2:00pm - Cedar Hills United Church of Christ
- Sunday 10. December @ 12:30 pm - Portland Children's Museum
- Sunday 10. December @ 4:00 pm - St. John the Baptist Epsicopal Church, Beaverton
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)
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)