Monday, December 30 | Submitted by Evan Bennett | Downtown Central
SRO Lyric Theatre is excited to announce its spring 2014 education tour production of The Three Little Pigs in English with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and story adaptation by John Davies. The Three Little Pigs is part of the Any Given Child initiative in Springfield to have arts-integration programming from grades K-8. This production will be seen by all the first graders in the Springfield Public Schools. The tour will reach 36 individual elementary schools in Springfield. Additionally, SRO will also present the program at both the Park Central and Library Center branches of the Springfield-Greene County District Library on February 1st and 8th. This project is made possible through support from The Missouri Humanities Council, The BKD Foundation, The Springfield Regional Arts Council, The Community Foundation of The Ozarks, The Rotary Foundation and Great Southern Bank.
The first school performance will be at Truman Elementary, 3850 N Farm Road 159, Springfield, MO 65803 on Tuesday January, 21 2014 at 9:30 AM. We will be holding a press conference at the school beginning at 8:30 the same morning and invite the media to stay and view the performance. For further information, please contact the Evan Bennett, Audience Development and Education Coordinator in the SRO office at 417-863-1960.
Information on the show:
The story of the opera is similar to the famous fairy tale upon which it is based. Following their graduation from elementary school, the three pigs are told by their mother that it is time for them to build their own homes. The three argue about the best material to use. The two brothers make a quick decision: Cherubino decides to build his house with straw while Don Giovanni chooses sticks. Their sister, Despina, is more thoughtful, stating that she will research building materials at the library before making a decision. Instead of researching about their houses, Cherubino and Don Giovanni play noisily outside the library as their sister studiously works inside. While playing, they happen upon Wolfgang Bigbad – the Big Bad Wolf, who is posing as a statue. Despina discovers that bricks will allow her to build a sturdy house. Throughout the rest of the day, Wolfgang Bigbad finds each of the pigs in their new homes. Don Giovanni’s stick house and Cherubino’s straw house prove to be no match for Wolfgang’s lung capacity as he huffs, and puffs, and blows each of their houses down. Despina’s research and intelligence allow the three pigs to outsmart the wolf and they live safely in Despina’s brick house.
Evan Bennett, Audience Development and Education Program Coordinator
Springfield Regional Opera: 417-863-1960