The Little Sweep Opera

("The Little Sweep" artwork was created by Pablo González, a senior at Pineview School, specifically for this Sarasota Youth Opera production.)                      

Program:  The Little Sweep -  Sarasota Youth Opera & Embracing Our Differences


Location:  Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

Performance Date:  Monday, November 5, 2018 

Performance Time:  Arrive by 10:00 am; Performance starts at 10:30am; One hour run time, no intermission.

Cost:  FREE (transportation provided courtesy of Embracing Our Differences & tickets provided courtesy of the Sarasota Opera)

Intended Audience:  Grades 1-5

Standards/Benchmarks: Click HERE for pdf

Embracing Our Differences is proud to partner with the Sarasota Youth Opera to bring, “The Little Sweep,” by English composer Benjamin Britten, to students in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

"The Little Sweep" is the second part of a stage production entitled "Let's Make an Opera!" Set in Boston in the early 19th century, the opera tells the story of a group of children who, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young apprentice chimney sweep from his cruel master. In addition to the opera, the production includes a prologue that explains how an opera is conceived and produced along with supporting content related to "The Little Sweep."

Students will be invited to join the cast in song during the last musical number of the show. Materials to help prepare your class for their Sarasota Opera debut will be included in the education resource guide. (Please see a link to the guide below.)

Throughout Benjamin Britten’s operas, he focuses on two particular subjects. First, the plight of the “outsider,” a character who does not fit in, who is different from everyone else, and who must cope – or not cope – with an indifferent and even hostile community. Second, as in "The Little Sweep", the betrayal of innocence, when defenseless children are treated unfairly or otherwise subjected to harsh situations beyond their control. Concerned with bullying and abuse, Britten weaves in the underlying message that we must not only protect children from exploitation and abuse; but, we must all, as the children in "The Little Sweep" do, care for and look after one another.

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.

Embracing Our Differences is proud to collaborate with area arts organizations to bring its message of "diversity and inclusion" to children through the arts. Intended to maximize our community assets, this program is unique in Southwest Florida with more than 39,000 students benefiting in 2018.

Teacher Resources:
The Little Sweep Education Guide
The Little Sweep Libretto

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