A comic, yet poignant, operatic performance for students grades 4–10 that explores issues of bullying and personal identity while introducing the elements of opera. Four singers and one pianist present a 50-minute participatory musical play that follows Andy in his journey to discover his metaphorical and physical voice. During this delightful show, students are introduced to the origins and history of opera, are entertained by arias and duets from grand opera repertoire, learn about vocal technique and singing, and participate in singing ”Va Pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco.
Andy, a ninth-grader, is troubled. He is picked on in class and has a hard time making friends. During a test, he gets in trouble for cheating when really the other kids are copying off his paper. Too timid to stand up for himself, and afraid to confront the other kids at school, Andy returns home, dejected. That evening he is visited by three spirits who help him discover how music and stories can open a world of expression and joy to him. He, in turn, can help one of opera’s most famous leading ladies make better choices in her story. As he helps empower others, Andy finds his own glorious tenor voice and the confidence he needs to assert himself in his community.