Jason and the Argonauts

An original opera by Gregory Spears and Kate Walat

Recommended for grades 3rd - 6th

What do you do when your uncle has wrongfully taken your place as king? If you’re Jason, you gather your strongest and wisest friends, and set sail on an adventure to win back the throne! This ancient myth of courage and triumph comes to life as Jason and his friends, the Argonauts, search for the Golden Fleece. Along the way, they face sharp rocks, dangerous creatures called sirens, a harrowing dragon, and more trials that ultimately teach them what it means to be a hero. Introduce your students to the wonderful world of opera with this exciting original work.

Language: English
Running time: 45 minutes

Show dates and locations

Tuesday, October 10
10:30 AM
Kehrein Center for the Arts

Wednesday, October 11

10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
College of Lake County

Thursday, October 12

10:30 AM
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Tuesday, October 17

10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
North Central College

Friday, October 20

10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Vittum Theatre


Set sail for fun with our printable sailor hat!

Set sail for fun with our printable sailor hat!

Let your kids participate in the fun at the show by wearing a sailor hat, made specifically for Jason and the Argonauts! We have a printable design with instructions so you can print and fold the hat at home.

The story

Long ago in a magical world, Jason is raised in the forest by the centaur Chiron. Wise Chiron plays music and teaches him about nature and the animals, but Jason is impatient to become a hero. When Jason turns 19, he learns that his uncle Pelias has taken the throne that should be his.

Jason goes to reclaim his throne, but King Pelias says he will give it up only if Jason brings him the Golden Fleece. Jason builds the ship Argo, and with his crew, the Argonauts, he sets sail on his quest.

On their voyage, Jason and the Argonauts face deadly dangers. They sail between sharp, treacherous rocks that snap shut to crush passing ships, and they resist the enchanting song of the evil Siren.

They arrive at Colchis, where King Aeetes has the Golden Fleece. Jason and the king’s daughter Medea fall in love, and she helps him get the Golden Fleece. But just as they are about to leave, they discover the golden Lamb, held captive by King Aeetes. Jason must learn that becoming a true hero means respecting nature. Will he make the right choice?

Program book

Go inside this production of Jason and the Argonauts with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.



Opera in the Neighborhoods is supported by Lead Sponsor CIBC with major support from the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund.