Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Billy Goats Gruff

Those of you who know me offline may not be surprised that
I am planning a creative dramatics class for kids with special 
needs - a free one time offering with Green Hills library this Fall. 
It will be all about having fun. Because my son always loved to
act out The Billy Goats Gruff, my tentative plan is to start by 
reading that and then have the kids act out (with directions, but
in whatever way pleases them).
Let me know if you're interested in bringing your kids!*
I was delighted to see that Nashville Opera turned to the
same source for its most recent opera for kids. And
they even offered a performance specifically for kids
with autism, which my family enjoyed very much. 
Everyone in the Nashville area still has the chance to 
see this show, which even addresses theory of mind 
(other people have feelings) and how to be a friend 
(ask someone to play).
More information below and on the Nashville Opera
* Scheduled (as of this writing in April) for Saturday,
September 20 at 10:30.
Free Public Performances 
of Billy Goats Gruff, 2014!

HCA/TriStar and Nashville Opera On Tour present John Davies’ Billy Goats Gruff, an operatic twist on the literary classic.  The story follows three young goats – Lucy, Ernesto, and Dandini – on their way home from school.  They attempt to cross a bridge blocked by the mean bully goat, Osmin.  The goats try to outsmart Osmin and figure out a way to soften the bully’s heart.  This contemporary retelling tackles the issue of bullying and promotes the power of kindness.  Our family-friendly 40-minute production is sung in English and features music from operas by Mozart, Donizetti, and Rossini.  Enjoy fun sets, costumes, audience interaction, four professional opera singers, and a pianist – all members of Nashville Opera’s Mary Ragland Young Artist Program.  

Saturday, February 15-      PERFORMED 
2 p.m., Noah Liff Opera Center
(For Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders)  
This performance was specially tailored for children with autism spectrum disorder, but all are welcome to attend.  For special resources or to be put on our mailing list, please call 615.832.5242 or click here.

Sunday, February 22
10:30 a.m., GOODLETTSVILLE Public Library

Saturday, March 1
10 a.m., Conexión Américas at Casa Azafrán
2 p.m., Parthenon  (Opera Outtakes, instead of Billy Goats Gruff)

Saturday, March 8
10:30 a.m., Nashville Public Library
2 p.m., Edmonson Pike Public Library

Saturday, March 15
2:30 p.m., Williamson County Public Library
4 p.m., Williamson County Public Library

Sunday, March 16
11 a.m., Adventure Science Center
5 p.m., Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
(Meet & Greet with Critter Encounters at 4 p.m.!)

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