Program: Rootabaga Country
Location: Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Performance Date: November 13, 2017
Performance Time: 10:30am. One hour run time, no intermission.
Intended Audience: Recommended for Grades 1 through 3.
Cost: FREE (transportation provided courtesy of Embracing Our Differences & tickets provided courtesy of Sarasota Opera.)
The Sarasota Youth Opera presented the world premier of Rachel J. Peter's Rootabaga Country. Adapted from Carl Sandburg's 1922 book Rootabaga Stories, the opera introduces Gimme the Ax and his two children, Please Gimme and Ax Me No Questions, who have sold their possessions as they prepare to travel to Rootabaga Country, a land in the sky. Throughout the journey, the family is provided with opportunities to connect with the mother they never knew and, at the conclusion, the knowledge that families come in all shapes and sizes. The performance time was one hour with no intermission.
Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera (SYO) has given young people age 8 to 18 an opportunity to experience the magic of opera through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and the Youth Opera's own full-scale productions. Regarded as a leader in the commissioning and producing of works for young voices, SYO is the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual, full-scale opera productions for young voices with professional musicians, direction, and costume and scenic design.