I AM SO THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCHING OF THIS NEWEST VENTURE -- I am now the Managing Director of OperAdventures!
These children's operas that have been written by Densie Page Caraher have been performed for over 20 years mostly by Indianapolis Opera and a few other companies and some music departments--but they were never available to the wider public until NOW!
OperAdventures! Mission Statement:
Our mission is to give children the opportunity to hear music from the great art form of Opera. Our winning formula combines a "singing story" of humor and excitement with the expression of important life lessons. OperAdventures opens eyes, ears, and hearts to the enjoyment of the arts and the rewards of living lives of kindness and respect.
While I was a young artist with Indianapolis Opera in 2014, our ensemble put on Denise's opera The Inn of the Seven Dwarves. I was so impressed with Denise's ability to write for children. She really knows what she's doing. EVERY time we performed and EVERY time I heard the raucous laughter from the kids... I thought, what a shame to not have these operas out there for other companies to find and use for their outreach programs- (or colleges to use for their music departments)! What wonderful stuff~!
"Denise-- we gotta get these online!" I said...and so there you have it. We made it happen. The site is still a work in progress, but I can tell you- these operas have been tried and true-- all are great.
The music choices are perfect, the text is set well, and these shows guarantee a positive experience for students. As an ensemble, we had a Q & A after each performance of the Inn of the Seven Dwarves. We asked questions to see what kinds of lessons the kids got from the story. I was always impressed with their answers. In turn, they asked us questions about how opera worked and what opera was all about. Their curiosity and excitement was completely palpable, tangible, and genuine.
There are SO MANY kids out there that look forward to having Denise's operas performed for their schools every year...and I feel strongly that even MORE kids should be looking forward to having the same artistic and educational experience brought to them.
All of Denise's writing is fantastic and fun. Opera's future is sure as long as children continue to be inspired by these wonderful scripts!
---So, please do give it a look - and a share, with your community's opera or nearest University Opera Dept for their outreach programs... these operas should be performed!
I am so excited to get this ball rolling with these OperAdventures... You may also follow OperAdventures on Twitter! Here is the link: https://twitter.com/OperAdventures
From the community: Evanston actress stars in brand new Broadway musical, BIG FISH, at Theatre at the Center VIEW ARTICLE IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE (text below)
Evanston actress Rachel Sparrow will star as "Jenny Hill" in the the deeply moving, enchanting new Broadway musical for all ages BIG FISH, which continues Theatre at the Center's exceptional 25th anniversary 2015 season. With a book by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, BIG FISH is based on the Columbia Pictures film screenplay of the same name by John August and Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythical Proportions. Artistic Director and multiple Jeff Award-winner William Pullinsi lends his expertise in the first professional locally-produced staging of the beloved musical running May 7th through June 7th at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster with press opening on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. The production's spectacular stagecraft and magical fantasy numbers will be brought to life by Jeff Award-winning choreographer Linda Fortunato, highlighted by the original Broadway costumes designed by Tony Award-winner William Ivey Long. Rachel is making her Theatre at the Center debut. Having a classical background, Sparrow soloed at Millennium Park in 2012, singing Robert A. Harris' Gloria under the composer's baton. At Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on May 18th, 2015 Rachel will sing a virtuosic work Five Images After Sappho, by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the renowned composer/conductor will be at the performance. Since earning her Master's in Opera (Northwestern University '13), she has won several international and national singing competitions. Rachel showcased her versatility at her solo NYC Carnegie Hall debut last year singing a program of Broadway and operatic numbers. Sparrow's European debut was in the title role of Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor (La Musica Lirica). Last season, she played Polly in The Threepenny Opera (Indianapolis Opera), she was Gretchen in The Student Prince, covered Cosette in Les Miserables, and danced in Oklahoma! (Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre).
Shifting between two timelines, BIG FISH tells the story of traveling salesman Edward Bloom (Jeff Award-winner Stef Tovar) and his relationship with his adult son Will (Jeff Award-nominee Nathan Gardner). In the present-day world, sixty-year-old Edward faces his final chapter while Will gets ready to face fatherhood himself. Returning to the fairy-tale past, Edward tells his larger-than-life anecdotes of teenage encounters with a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra (Jeff Award-winner Colette Todd). Determined to find the truth behind Edward's epic adventures, Will embarks on a journey of his own. The stories meet as Will discovers a secret his father's stories never exposed.
Starring alongside Stef Tovar (Knute Rockne: All American at Theatre at the Center; Boeing Boeing and Ragtime at Drury Lane Theatre), Colette Todd (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and The Beverly Hillbillies - The Musical at Theatre at the Center) and Nathan Gardner (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at Theatre at the Center; Les Misérables and Camelot at Drury Lane Theatre) are Jeff Award-winner Callie Johnson (A Christmas Carol at Theatre at the Center; Next to Normal at Drury Lane Theatre), Jeff Award-winner Bethany Thomas (South Pacific at The Marriott Theatre), John Stemberg (The Beverly Hillbillies - The Musical at Theatre at the Center), Norm Boucher (The Beverly Hillbillies - The Musical and Guys and Dolls at Theatre at the Center) and Nate Becker as "Young Will." The ensemble includes Matthias Austin, Julie Baird, Caitlin Borek, Amanda Compton, Ann Delaney, Brian Duncan, Isaac Jankowski, Reneisha Jenkins, John Koch, John Marshall, Jr., Henry McGinniss, Nathan Mittleman, Theo Moss and James Nedrud.
The BIG FISH production team includes Music Director Bill Underwood, Stage Manager Matt McMullen, Production Manager Ann Davis, Set Designers Jackie & Richard Penrod, Lighting Designer Guy Rhodes, Sound Designer Barry G. Funderburg, Costume Coordinator Brenda Winstead, Props Designer Brittney O'Keefe and Wig Designer Kevin Barthel.
Founded in 1991, the 400-seat Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, and has free parking. Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; and select Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees. Individual ticket prices range from $40 - $44. To purchase individual tickets call the Box Office at 219.836.3255 or Tickets.com at 800.511.1552. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more and gift certificates are also available. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visitTheatreAtTheCenter.com.
Firstly: For my friends and family: Happy Easter! Enjoy this clip from a service I sang at this weekend. I hope this brings you peace & joy ...no matter what your beliefs. This track is downloadable-Love, Rachel
Secondly: A business proposition!
Friends! -most especially those 'business-owner types',
or any types that know any business-owner types!
Would you like to support the Arts while simultaneously advertising and creating good will for your business on the North Shore of Chicago?
Currently seeking sponsors for "Summer Symphonic Soiree" concert in which yours truly is the featured soloist and MC with Chicago's alternative orchestra: The Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago
...This concert will be unlike ANYTHING you have EVER experienced at an orchestra concert...
PLEASE read below to find out why!
-I would so appreciate any shares, or word of mouth help in spreading the word about this-
(we only have a few short weeks to gather the sponsors)
The document here is downloadable as either a pdf (above) or jpg file type (below). A pdf file is most easily attached to an email, while with a jpg file you can insert it directly into an email message, and attach it to the email as well. jpg is also easily uploaded to facebook to share or via twitter.
OR you can simply copy & share this link: http://www.rachelsparrow.com/blog/seeking-sponsor-for-summer-symphonic-soiree-amazing-tax-deductible-advertising-opportunity
If you do share it-- please let me know if I can followup for you,
or if I can help you in anyway, or just let me know that you shared,
either in a comment here, or by contacting me via email or thru my contact form here.
I would love to know who is being so awesome and helping me spread the word.
The best shares are personal invitations.
Thank you so much for your support!
"Becoming a mother changed me. I have more love, passion, and fulfillment in life; which in turn, enriches my artistry. Please join me in normalizing motherhood within the performing artist's culture."
- Rachel Sparrow
Rachel Sparrow is a professional singer, musician,(violin, piano, ukulele) actor, teacher, arranger, writer, and most importantly: a wife and a mommy of two littles. She loves to help parents make everyday life musical with their kids as well as share backstage stories, and performance experiences here. She earned her Master's degree in Voice Performance from Northwestern University, and also holds two Bachelor's degrees in Voice, and Music Education (certified to teach k-12 vocal & instrumental music) from Idaho State University. She is also a certified Music Together Director (music class for birth-5 yrs). See about Rachel.
"Think Outside Your Box" means 3 things:
1. Be Selfless - think beyond your own "box". (and for singers, there's more to life than your voice box!) You're capable of helping and healing others.
2. Feel Empowered to bust out of the proverbial
"box" made of societally-induced-parameters.
3. Be Bold. Innovate. Stretch yourself. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.