Lyric Opera to present The Family Barber
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, July 22, 2013
Opera of Chicago to present
The Family Barber
special performance for kids 5-10 and their grownups!
the Civic Opera House on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2pm,
by a special cast with the Lyric Opera Orchestra & Chorus,
selected scenes and music from The Barber
of Seville – in English! Tickets $10-20 for ages 5-17 and $20-40 for
project of Lyric Unlimited
Sponsor: Chicago Tribune
Lyric Opera of
present The Family Barber, a special performance for
youngsters ages 5-10 and their families, on Saturday, March 22, at 2pm at the Civic Opera House in downtown
kid-friendly introduction to the joys of opera, is a project of Lyric Unlimited. It follows the
resounding success of last season’s Popcorn
& Pasquale, Lyric’s first-ever family opera adventure, which sold out. (As
with last season’s presentation, popcorn will be available for purchase and
will be allowed in the theater.)
special cast including members of The
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center will perform The
Family Barber with the Lyric
Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The performance will be fully staged and
costumed, and will be entirely in English. As with regular performances,
projected English texts will also be used.
cast features Ryan Opera Center members J'nai
Bridges/Rosina, John Irvin/Almaviva,
and Will Liverman/Figaro,with Lyric regular Philip Kraus/Bartolo. Elise Sandell will direct The
Family Barber, which will be conducted by Emanuele Andrizzi. Set designer is Scott Pask and costume designer is Catherine Zuber.
combines the familiar music and characters of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (“Figaro!
Figaro!”) with some captivating dialogue to reveal behind-the-scenes opera basics in a
fun and engaging way. The Family Barber is being written by David Kersnar (Lookingglass Theatre
Company) and Jacqui Russell (Chicago
Children’s Theatre), who created last year’s Popcorn & Pasquale, which combined spoken English and sung
this will be an introduction to the world of opera for many of our youngest
audience members, we want to be sure there are as few barriers as possible to
enjoyment of the story and the music,” says Cayenne Harris, director of Lyric Unlimited. “Presenting The
Family Barber in English will make the experience even more accessible.”
running time for The Family Barber is approximately 60 minutes with no
intermission. Tickets for youngsters are $10, $15, and $20. For adults (18+) the
prices are $20, $30, and $40.
and post-performance activities are also being planned for March 22, Harris
notes. Details will be announced at a later date.
families with children older than ten, or who are ready to experience a
full-length performance of The Barber of
Seville (in Italian with projected English texts), Lyric is offering
special children’s pricing for the regular mainstage performances Feb. 3-28.
Call 312-332-2244 or visit www.lyricopera.org
for special pricing information.
is a project of Lyric Unlimited, a multifaceted program of expanded
community engagement and artistic initiatives that includes Lyric's
longstanding education programs.
Media sponsor for The
Family Barber is the Chicago