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Summer Opera Camp

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Experience in-depth professional
vocal and acting instruction

2018 Summer Opera Camp
July 23 – August 3, 2018
(Monday – Friday)

Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Building
712 E 18th St, KCMO 64108


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Entertaining, enriching and challenging, Lyric Opera Summer Camp provides an introduction to the many facets of opera and helps young people develop as singer/actors.

Music Theatre. Opera. What do they have in common? What makes them different? Can you love them both? Yes, you can. Let’s dive into that very thing this year as we study West Side Story together.

Younger students. Older students. Want something designed especially for you? We’ve got that. New this year! More time with campers your own age.

Campers in grades 3-7 will be featured in our latest Lyric Opera Express show, The Coyotes and the Rabbits, an English and Spanish bilingual opera by Hector Armienta, and prepare their own fun songs and opera scenes, including “Piano, pianissimo” from The Barber of Seville. Julia Scozzafava and Josh Markley will lead all things music, and Linda Ade Brand will stage the opera. Younger campers arrive at 11:00 am and end their day at 3:30 pm, but extended day options are available until 4:30pm.

Those in grades 8-12 will prepare both a new art song and an opera scene, and have the opportunity to add in a private coaching on their own repertoire with Joshua Lawlor. We’ll have workshops, singing/acting technique sessions, masterclasses and time for rehearsal. Information will also be shared about how to audition for the Ginger Frost High School Honors Artist program. Older campers arrive at 11:00 am and stay until 4:30 pm.

Miss your friends in the other group already? No worries. Everyone comes together during lunchtime to mix, mingle and have fun together (Campers bring a fridge-free sack lunch daily).

Want even more? We’ve got that, too. During our early bird classes, (8:30 am -10:30 am), campers will work with Amanda and Laura Burkhart on the set, props and costume pieces in The Coyotes and the Rabbits. When not working on “tech” projects, early bird campers will have group voice lessons with Julia Scozzafava and LaTeesha Jackson, and brush up on their musicianship skills with Ashley Beth Burnett.

Last Day Activities and Program:
On the final day of camp, August 3, early bird campers will arrive at 8:30 am as usual, but all other campers will join us at 10:00 am for a final rehearsal of our program. Then at 11:30 am we invite parents and friends to bring in food for a camp potluck, which will begin at noon. At 12:30 pm there will be an optional facility tour for those done eating. We’ll begin our program at 1:00 pm or as soon as everyone is done eating. Fond farewells at approximately 2:30 pm.

Hours and Fees:
Regular Camp – $395
Grades 3-7, 11:00 am-3:30 pm (Extended stay available until 4:30 pm); Grades 8-12, 11:00 am-4:30 pm

Early bird classes every morning, 8:30 am – 10:30 am – $100
Private 25 minute coaching for singers, grades 8-12 – $25 each, limited times available. (For schedule and payments for private coaching, contact Linda Ade Brand.)

For more information, contact Director of Education and Engagement, Linda Ade Brand.

Limited need-based scholarships

Lyric Opera provides a limited amount of need-based scholarships for camps as funding allows.  Funding for scholarships is not guaranteed.

Interested in a scholarship?  Great letters from kids and their teachers help us recruit generous donors.  Please send a letter from your student telling us about what they love about music, singing, acting, design, painting, construction – everything that goes into an opera.  Then they should talk about why they’d like to come to camp.  This should be paired with a letter from a school music or theater teacher or private music or theater teacher, telling about why this particular student would benefit from such an experience.  The sooner we get letters, the sooner we can match them up with potential donors.

Deadline to apply for a scholarship is June 30, 2018. 


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