2024 Season

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

JULY 13, 2024 | A FREE opera for kids and families!

9:30am & 11:30am at the Edwardsville Public Library

The world famous tunes of Rossini and Offenbach ring out in this operatic adaptation of "Little Red Riding Hood” that is brimming with fun and laughs for kids and the whole family!

Opera for Kids: Little Red Riding Hood

Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 9:30am & 11:30am

Edwardsville Public Library

112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville, IL 62025

Free event: No tickets required!


Featuring

Little Red: Lucy Schapman, soprano

Mom: Angel Azzarra, soprano

Granny: Amy Prince, soprano

Dudley: Evan Babel, tenor

Mr. Bigbad, a wolf: Joel Rogier, baritone


Creative Team

Marc Schpaman, director

Joseph Welch, music director

Roger Spiedel, costume & set designer

Chase Hopkins, creative producer


This 40-minute opera features music from famous operas with silly new words and fun dialogue, presented in English, and perfect for the entertainment of our youngest audiences–and their parents too! Warning, audience participation is likely!


For the first time, Opera Edwardsville will present two showings of its annual opera for kids, both on Saturday July 13th at 9:30am and again at 11:30am. Join before the performance when the City of Edwardsville Arts in the Park series will be making crafts. 


Thanks to donors and sponsors, this program is free for the entire family to enjoy at no cost. 


Synopsis

Forest Ranger Dudley is too shy to ask Little Red’s mom, the widow Hood, to the Forest Ranger Ball. For that reason he leaves a written invitation in a basket of flowers outside Little Red’s house. Unfortunately for Dudley, the basket is delivered to Granny. Granny simply loves men, especially men in uniform. In the resulting confusion Dudley loses his pants, Granny kisses the Wolf, Mom gets impatient and Little Red gets in trouble. In fact, everyone experiences, in one way or another, a very, very unusual day.

Meet the Artists

LUCY SCHAPMAN

Soprano

ANGEL AZZARRA

Soprano

JOEL ROGIER

Baritone

EVAN BABEL

Tenor

AMY PRINCE

Soprano

JOSEPH WELCH

Music Director

MARC SCHAPMAN

Stage Director

ROGER SPIEDEL

Costume & Set Designer

An opera for kids!

Over six years, OE has built a portfolio of educational programs that reach a range of students, offering mentorship sessions with our artistic advisor and Grammy-award winning soprano Christine Brewer, masterclasses with Northwestern University professor and President of the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) Karen Brunssen, and an annual opera for kids! 


The opera for kids has been presented in a range of formats and has reached over 6,000 kids through school tours, free community performances, and a filmed presentation and virtual field trip offered online. We proudly present this fun and interactive performance at the Edwardsville Public Library


This event is free for the entire public to enjoy thanks to OE's sponsors and donors

SPONSORS AND SPECIAL THANKS

This concert would not have been possible without the generous support of our business sponsors and individual donors.