Kids Opera Art Posse wrote -
It is the Third Annual Ring Cycle Endurance Walk in a row! YEAH! On August 30, 2015 we are talking a walk around Piedmont Park to raise money for the MET Opera HD Live in Schools Program. Over the past 2 years, we have raised almost $15,000 to give kids an opportunity to see and enjoy opera.
Back in the age before technology, people were reading and playing outside to pass the time. There was no Disney Channel or Cartoon Network to keep children quiet and out of the way. Instead of going to the movies like we do today, families would go to plays or operas as a form of a family outing. Now in the 21st century, children are glued to their screens for countless hours of time that could be used for socializing or reading or playing the old fashioned way. Children should go to operas because in a way you are learning while watching. The stories have history, and teach morals and they teach you about different voice types. If the operas are based on real times in history, it is like going to a very interesting visual, 2-hour history class. There are also many different instruments in the orchestra. Many bands today have only a single guitar, drums and a keyboard. Operas on the other hand have violins, cellos, bases, bassoons, clarinets and more!
Opera promotes learning across subjects- language arts, history, foreign language, storytelling, acting, theater, movement, dance and visual arts. It promotes critical and creative thinking. It also helps them with social coping and readiness skills. When kids go to operas not once, but many times, they are proven to score better on standardized tests. I have done a little bit of research about what opera can do emotionally for kids and adults. Opera and music therapy boosts confidence, and control. It can help kids and grown-ups express feelings and emotions that are tough to say in words. To date The HD Live in Schools Program has helped more than 55,000 kids and teachers see and enjoy opera in more 1,600 schools in 20 states! You are helping thousands of kids who probably have never seen an opera before, and who probably have a stereotypical idea of what opera is experience magic. You are helping them see that opera is not just random people yodeling onstage wearing a Viking hat, but a story brought to life by handmade costumes and realistic sets mixed with soothing waves of orchestral music and melodic singing. Tell me that is not something that any child, or adult for that matter, would not want to see. We would be very grateful if you could sponsor us in any way you can.
Please feel free to share this link with any friends and family that might want to donate. The MET sincerely appreciates yours donations and so do the kids who have the treat of seeing a MET opera production Live in HD.
The Kids Opera & Art Posse