In my role as a music teacher, I have helped create very unique end-of-year recitals and productions for my students who range in age from 5 to over 70. While these productions always have a classical piano focus, we also incorporate many other instruments and songs as well as dance and theater. This year, we have an opportunity to take our performance to a whole new level with a full theatrical production of Thumbelina, created by a team of talented artists including a composer E. Krylatov, poet Y. Entin, drama director and librettist I. Khutsieva, choreographer D. Frawley, and myself as music director. Your support will allow us to create a one-of-a-kind musical in a beautiful professional theater and will give 24 students the opportunity to use their talents to together create something truly extraordinary.
In order to present our original musical "Thumbelina" (after "Thumbelina, or Tiny" by Hans Christian Andersen) in a theater with the magical elements the story deserves, we need to raise money to rent the space for rehearsals, performance, stage set, to pay the event insurance, light and sound engineers. The students are going to play piano pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, so we need to pay for the rental, moving and tuning of a grand piano. Other obligations are to pay professionals for their work: the libretto written specifically for my current students, translation of the libretto from Russian to English (25 scenes), arrangements for 13 songs to the instruments this group of students can play, English lyrics for the songs, etc.
Risks and challenges
I've been producing this kind of recital for 15 years now in the Upper Valley. This year's project is well underway: the students are practicing, our drama director is coming from Moscow, we will complete this project! There is no turning back!
Until this point I have managed to do these shows on a shoestring budget, thanks to the many generous parents and volunteers who help out. There is great enthusiasm for this project as well, but further support will allow us to both pay for the associated rentals and give our professionals nominal compensation for their hard work. Thank you!
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