2021 Season

JULY 10-11, 2021

Jack and the Beanstalk

An opera for kids!

The world famous tunes of Gilbert and Sullivan ring out in this operatic adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk that is brimming with fun and laughs for kids and the whole family! Join Jack B. Nimble, along with a Giant or two, as he learns the importance of the golden rule: "Treat others as you wish to be treated!"

40 minutes performance in English. Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan with words and story adaption by John Davies.

JULY 10, 2021 at 9:00am

Edwardsville City Park | 101 S. Buchanan Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025

Enjoy crafts from 9-10:30am, with the performance at 11am on the Band Stand! Presented with the Edwardsville Arts in the Park, Edwardsville Public Library, Edwardsville Arts Center, and Edwardsville Children's Museum.

JULY 11, 2021 at 11am and 1pm

St. Louis City Museum | 750 N. 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103

Two performances offered in St. Louis' iconic City Museum! Crafts and performance at 11am and 1pm in the Architectural Hall on the third floor.


Delaney Holliday | Jack B. Nimble

Stephanie Mossinghoff | Mrs. Nimble & the Giant's Wife

David Fournie | The Giant & the Trouble Man


Marc Schapman | Director

Roger Speidel | Set and Costume Designer

Joseph Welch | Music Director and Accompanist

Chase Hopkins | Producer


Living in poverty with his mother, Jack sells the family cow to a mysterious dustman for a handful of beans. When he returns home and shows his mom the scrawny seeds, she throws them out a window in despair. The beans, of course, take root, and in the moonlight a magical stalk grows to the sky. Discovering the beanstalk and climbing it, as any boy hero would, Jack finds himself in the castle of a very large oaf and his kindly, haggard wife. Learning that this giant has taken his father’s golden hen, Jack, with the help of the Giant’s wife, stealthily takes it back. The Giant, in pursuit of Jack, receives a bump on the head after falling from the beanstalk, causing him to forget he’s supposed to be "bad." Realizing all the trouble he’s caused, the Giant resolves to behave well, agreeing that consideration for others requires people large and small to treat other people as they would want to be treated.

Sponsors and Support

OE's opera for kids is supported by generous grants from the Edwardsville Rotary Club and Junior Service Club of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon. This support enables OE to work with young performers from the SIUE Music School and to present this program completely free of charge to the community. Additionally, many thanks to both Lewis Rice and Stifel for their continued support of Opera Edwardsville as season presenting sponsors.

Presenting Partners

We are grateful to present our opera for kids in collaboration with the St. Louis City Museum, City of Edwardsville Arts in the Park, Edwardsville Public Library, Edwardsville Arts Center, and the Edwardsville Children's Museum.


Costume fitting for Delaney Holliday playing Jack B. Nimble

Costume fitting with David Fourie singing the Giant

Stephanie Mossinghoff as Jack's mother, Mrs. Nimble