“Opera Mouse” starring Melanie Gall will be performed on the Lyric Theatre stage on July 11th and 12th as part of the Chautauqua Theatre Festival.
On July 11th and 12th the Chautauqua Theatre Festival welcomes “Opera Mouse” starring Melanie Gall to the Lyric Theatre stage.
“Opera Mouse” is the story of a little mouse named Tillie who lives in the basement of an opera house and would like nothing more than to sing opera—that is if people would stop screaming and running away every time she tries to show off her singing talents!
The play is geared toward children, and is presented as an interactive theatre experience which will keep both kids and parents entertained as they follow along with the adventures of Tillie. “Opera Mouse” is the creation of soprano Melanie Gal, who hopes it will serve as a bridge to bring a greater appreciation for classical music to kids’ lives. As Gall explains there is also another underlying message of accepting others’ differences and not pre-judging people based on their appearances.
“The play is about people learning to accept others,” explains Gall “Kids relate to mice. Both are small and are often overlooked. I am really proud of the show. I wasn’t sure when I started the show that kids would be into it, but they really are.”
Gall, who was raised in Alberta but now studies opera in New York, has taken “Opera Mouse” all over the world. She also uses her opera training to present the music and story of the play in various styles and languages in a way which encourages maximum audience participation.
“I do the singing myself, but the kids help out. I teach them an opera aria and they all help Tillie out at the end. And there’s a chance for them to sort of audition. So anyone can get up and sing and the kids love that.”
Gall hopes everyone coming out to “Opera Mouse” at the Chautauqua Theatre Festival will have a great time.
“Not only kids like it, but the parents like it,” says Gall. “It helps them understand it. So even though this is through a mouse puppet a lot of adults say it is the first time they have felt comfortable with opera. It’s also the grandparents who love it! In society classical music is something that is often set apart and not everyone can view. But this gives the kids a chance to sing, and get up for auditions. It’s fun and it gives the parents and kids alike a chance to participate.”
“Opera Mouse” takes to the Lyric Theatre stage on July 11th at 2 p.m. and July 12th at 1 p.m. Kids tickets are $5. Adult tickets are $12. There will also be a martial arts demonstration by Koryo Tae Kwon Do before each show.