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Romeo and Juliet: Literature and Dramatic Analysis (9th-12th Grades)

This multidisciplinary presentation will present Opera through core curriculum. The presentation is designed not to merely entertain but to engage freshman literature, music and drama classes separately or simultaneously. Our presentation will begin with a historical look into the plot and famous families, moving on to compare aspects of the original play to Gounod's opera (Romeo et Juliette) to Bernstein?s Musical (West Side Story).

Several portions of the works will be presented, although the majority will of the presentation will revolve around Act 1 Scene 5. We ask for two students from each hosting High School to prepare and present that scene from the original play. We will use that performance to compare to Gounod?s corresponding duet, performed by Opera Kansas emerging artists and the "dance off scene" from West Side Story. All these scenes represent the first meeting of the ill-fated lovers.

The program presents and discusses historical perspective, alterations to the original play, how the text was set to music, and how the music enhances the text. By request the Artistic Director will hold a workshop with the student who will perform.

Artist: Opera Kansas

Format Audience Size Grade Level Curriculum Cost
Performance Grade 9 - Grade 12 History / Social Studies
Language Arts
$200/performance. Scholarships may be available from Opera Kansas.

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