Chicago Opera Theater & Wellness4Every1: Understanding Opera
Teen Arts Pass (a program of Urban Gateways) is proud to present TAP’d In, a series of opportunities for anyone 13-19 to have a deeper experience with an art form beyond seeing TAP-eligible shows. For 2019, these experiences are focused on the theatre arts as part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre. The program is supported by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.


TAP'd In: Understanding Opera
Chicago Opera Theater & Wellness4Every1
Roosevelt High School - 3436 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
November 12, 13, & 15 4:00-5:30pm

Chicago Opera Theater and Wellness4Every1 are hosting three FREE workshops for teens that dive deeper into opera as an art form. They'll also explore the story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster: the largest and most deadly event on Everest in known history. This disaster was the inspiration behind the Chicago premiere opera, EVEREST, on stage this November, the book, INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer, and the 2015 movie, EVEREST. This is a chance to dissect different aspects of this dynamic story about trust and courage and learn about different elements of opera and production. Come out for one workshop or all three, each unique session will provide a different look at this work and tragic true story.

BONUS: All teens attending a workshop will receive a free copy of the book INTO THIN AIR, a ticket to see EVEREST on stage at the Harris (205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601) on Saturday, November 16th at 7:30pm, and a Ventra pass for transportation for the opera. Every teen will receive a ticket voucher for each session they attend, making it possible to accrue three tickets (family/ friends).

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This program is open to teens 13-19 years old
Tuesday, November 12: Wellness, Trust, & Movement
This workshop with Wellness4Every1 will focus on developing self-awareness skills, building community, and creating inspiration. Participants will explore the themes of trust and loyalty from Everest using movement-based activities including yoga, strength training, and meditation.
Wednesday, November 13: Character & Storytelling
In this workshop, teens will connect opera traditions with modern day storytelling. Using the technical and musical elements of the art form, they will use the story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster as inspiration. Participants will engage in activities about creating sets, making character-musical connections, and storytelling in opera and other mediums.
Friday, November 15: Voice & Sound
This workshop will give teens the opportunity to learn about opera as an art form, including the voice parts and characters in opera through activities that explore sound design and storytelling in opera and other mediums. Participants will also examine the conflicts and themes from the book Into Thin Air and how it relates to the opera.
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