Mobile Opera has announced a line-up of educational programming designed to turn on young tastes to the sounds of regal voices through fanciful and beloved tales. Their most recent traveling show is well remembered by anyone who can say “Fe-fi-fo-fum.”
“Jack and the Beanstalk” is by John Davies and based upon the operettas of Sir Arthur Sullivan. It’s designed for K – 5 school performances and has a bit of a twist from the traditional fairy tale.
After falling while in pursuit of Jack, the Giant bumps his head and forgets he is supposed to be “bad.” He looks at the ill his bullying has created and realizes all people should be given consideration, regardless of size.
The work is performed by Mobile Opera resident artists soprano Tjaden O’Dowd Cox, baritone Andre Chiang and tenor Benjamin Folse. They are accompanied on piano by Mobile Opera Director of Education and Community Outreach Stacy Driskell.
Schools left on the performance schedule are:
9 a.m. – Taylor-White Elementary
2 p.m. – Burroughs Elementary
9 a.m. – J.E. Turner Elementary
The program is funded by The Sybil Smith Charitable Trust and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.