April 19, 2011
Executive Director's Note
"Opera at the Carolina" is a treat for all involved - the producers and volunteers, the performers, and the audience of 5th graders, teachers, and chaperones from Guilford County. A true highlight of the Greensboro Opera season, the three-day elementary school Opera at the Carolina 'festival' is the culmination of a full year's planning.
In this our 30th Anniversary season, Greensboro Opera is delighted to announce that after the success of the 2010-11 season "Write Your Own Opera!" contest, we will host another contest in our 2011-12 season. So, tell all the 4th graders in Guilford County that you know - ready, set, write!
Emma Younts wrote the winning story, "CHICKS", that was crafted into a libretto by David Holley, Director of UNCG Opera Theatre, and set to original music by Mark Engebretson, Faculty, UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. "CHICKS" boasted Northeast High School's Marching Band and Cheeleaders in its cast, and was a smash hit. Please read on for more highlights of this year's success and for information about Write Your Own Opera! 2011.
Barbara Ann Peters
Submit your story!
Write your own opera!!
Opera at the Carolina 2011-12
Creative Writing Contest
For Guilford County Fourth Graders
Greensboro Opera announces a short-story writing contest for current Guilford County Fourth Graders! Selected by Greensboro Opera and David Holley, Director of UNC-Greensboro Opera Theatre, the story will be transformed into a libretto by Mr. Holley, and then set to music by a resident composer from UNCG's School of Music. The result: a ten-minute opera which will be performed at Opera at the Carolina in 2012!
The Story Guidelines
A beginning, a dilemma, and a resolution
A cast between 2-10 people: the more females, the better
A cast made up of adults and children
Two pages, double-spaced, word-processed
June 3: RECEIPT of all stories (Please note: this is NOT a postmark deadline!)
July 1: Announcement of winning story
October 1: Opera completed
November 15: Cast chosen; music distributed
December and January: Rehearsals
February 2012: Performance of the 10-minute Opera at Opera at the Carolina, 2012!!!
The winner gets to have his/her opera performed in front of the entire county!!
All story entries should be sent to:
Barbara A. Peters, Executive Director
200 N. Davie Street, Box 17, Suite 315
Greensboro, NC 27401
336 273 9472
Check out the photos from Opera at the Carolina 2010-11!
From Left: GO Companions Education Chair Gloria Fuller, the Younts family with Emma in front on the right, Anna Clare Allen, GO Board of Trustees Vice President of Education
Click here for more photos.
In case you missed any of this great coverage of "CHICKS"
Click here for a slideshow.
Thank you to our 2011-2012 Season Supporters
Cone Mills Charitable Fund
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