Eligible Children Ages 3-10 Could Appear Onstage in Petite Opera’s Cinderella
Petite Opera’s mission is to make everyone an opera lover. We want to remove all barriers that might inhibit the enjoyment of first-time opera patrons, and increase patron interaction with our casts, all in an intimate venue.
We also want to get the next generation of patrons exposed to opera so they grow up to consider opera one of their many entertainment options.
What better way is there to get children intimately involved in an opera than from the viewpoint of the stage! So, during our upcoming production of Cinderella (November 2-17), we’re offering young child patrons an opportunity to participate in the show itself.
For each performance, Petite Opera will select a handful of young child patrons to appear on stage with Cinderella during a scene in Act I. The children will portray small animals who help Cinderella with her “chores”. Each child will be given a simple costume that adjusts for various sizes. Children will need to be silent so that Cinderella can sing her song.
A handful of children will be selected to appear in each performance. To be selected, children must meet the following criteria:
- Each child selected will, ideally, be between the ages of 3 and 8, but be no more than age 10
- Children must be well-behaved, must be quiet on stage, must be able to take direction, have a good attention span, and must be sufficiently mature to take part without causing disruption over a span of about 6 minutes
- Parents and interested children must arrive at the venue 45 minutes prior to curtain time, and report to the House Manager
Children who meet the criteria will be selected at random to participate. These children will receive instruction just prior to the performance, learn how to put on their costumes, and will meet their backstage contact. Parents should offer their children this opportunity only if the child is comfortable in a quick-paced situation and meets the requirements above.