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Subject: Re: "Il Barbiere" in the sixth grade
From: Mike Begley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Begley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 29 May 2001 21:42:16 -0400
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IMHO, for those who wonder where the opera audience of the future is coming
from, Charlie has shown the way!  Capture their young imaginations, a.nds we
have opera fans for life!

Bravo, Charlie!

Regards,
Mike
Mike Begley
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P.S.  Now start them on the RING!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles Handelman" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 2:05 PM
Subject: "Il Barbiere" in the sixth grade


>                        This morning the 6th grade junior school Italian
class
> I work with as a volunteer performed the first of our four shows in the
> auditorium. I must tell you that they were a true delight, and it went so
> very smoothly,despite the fact that it was a long weekend and I feared
they
> might be rusty. The program, all in Italian, written and directed by yours
> truly, was as follows:
>
>                            The "Scopo" Commercial  (What can happen if you
> have bad breath but "Scopoman comes to the rescue."). The audience laughed
> every time the Scopoman said, "La tua bocca puzza!"
>
>                            "Old Macdonald Had a Farm (but with about 15
> animals, and each kid got to do the imitation of the animal..The funniest
one
> was "Il Coniglio dice,"What's up,doc!"
>                             Three Italian poems read by students, with
> translation
>
>                              "Santa Lucia," sung by an adorable little boy
> soprano.
>
>                              A full-fledged "Tarantella" with dancers,with
> musical accompaniment.
>
>                               The section of act three Barbiere di
Siviglia
> from, "Dunque andiam...Don Basilio...Cosa veggo," with some cuts, through
the
> entire shaving scene...complete with real shaving cream, a 15 foot razor,
and
> the same staging the Met used to do,where the Bartolo has a bald pate
under
> the wig, and when he discovers Rosina and Almaviva , Figaro,holding the
wig,
> does not see that he slips out from under the wig and the audience sees
him
> "bald." They also got a chance to "sing," as I taught them the "Buona
> sera,mio signore" part.
>
>                          None of these kids are Italian, and I must tell
you
> that the Italian pronunciation of all of them,including students from
> Pakistan,Bangladesh, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic,etc. was truly
> IMPECCABLE! I told them that there are professional singers at the Met who
> could learn a thing or two from them.
>
>                            The Basilio cracked me up,letting out such a
> gigantic,
> BUONA SERA..BEN DI CUORE!"  that he clutched his poor little throat in
pain.
> Later in class, we had a lesson with the word,"Andiamo" as part of the
> lesson..so they proceeded to go through the entire scene (which begins
with
> the "Dunque,andiam!") knowing the WHOLE THING..everyone knew everyone's
> part!(Sounds like many of us online).
>                     What a joy to have little 11-12 year old kids doing so
> beautifully, and showing how a language class can be much more than just
> verbs and vocabulary..and I am thrilled..... Pizza will be their
reward!!!!
>       with love for all kiddies   Carlo

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