Opera Camp is a two week, in depth youth camp for ages 9-17, culminating in two free community performances.This unique program has a playful yet intense focus, offering individual attention and peer collaboration.
This year, LA Opera Campers will stage Then I Stood Up
Opera Camp 2016 will take place on July 25 - August 6.
(This summer's camp is full.)
2016 PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Saturday, August 6 at 2:00pm and 5:00pm
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free Admission, Advanced Tickets Required
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Through this unique program, LA Opera has revived historical and commissioned original productions that illustrate topics of social injustice from an array of stories rooted in history.
Each year, Opera Camp seeks to elicit in campers the understanding that as young artists, they have great power and responsibility: the power of storytelling, which can be used for good. As artists, their responsiblity is to prepare to their utmost and be worthy of the stories.
- Opera Camp connects campers to the past and to social issues.
- It brings context to headlines and shows them their impact on the world.
- They’re asked to listen and learn about the stories and the people impacted by the events they tell.
- They learn from subject matter experts and community leaders as they explore the story told by the opera and its historical context.
- In addition to rehearsals, campers explore the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with backstage tours and craft workshops led by the LA Opera staff.
Throughout the program’s history, our campers have tackled a vast array of stories that address social injustice. Through opera, they have explored the Holocaust, the Japanese-American Internment and gang violence in our own city. The impact of the Civil Rights Act is an equally important subject.
With each piece we commission and stage, we partner with experts and community organizations to ensure the production and its messages are historically accurate, relevant and impactful. This year, we have partnered with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee, California African American Museum, the Watts Village Theatre Company and Facing History and Ourselves.
(Commissioned by LA Opera, 2014)
Then I Stood Up is a one-act youth opera that honors the contributions of young people to the Civil Rights Movement. The opera begins with the arrival of a substitute teacher in a contemporary classroom on the day student reports are due. However, as they begin to deliver their reports on the young heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, the stories of Claudette Colvin, Emmett Till, the Little Rock Nine, and many more become more present and urgent. The students come to understand how one person, even a young person, can help move the arc of history toward justice
CHECK OUT LAST YEAR'S CAMP
Through the lens of a legend
In July 2015, Academy Award-winning cinematographer and social activist, Haskell Wexler, discovered LA Opera's Opera Camp when it produced Then I Stood Up - A Civil Rights Cycle and produced a documentary about the program. Mr. Wexler passed away in December 2015 and gave us the gift of his beautiful work. Below is a sneak peek at the documentary, coming summer 2016. To read more about Mr. Wexler's work, click here.
For a look at our 2015 production of Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle, CLICK HERE.
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Generous support for Opera Camp is provided by the Opera League of Los Angeles.