The Sarasota Opera has opened enrollment for its annual Youth Opera summer camp. This year, the curriculum will focus on Benjamin Britten's opera, "The Little Sweep," which will be presented this fall in conjunction with the 100th year of the composer's birth.
"Our camp's hands approach with not only singing, but all aspects of opera provides a phenomenal opportunity for young performers to really explore," says Ben Plocher, coordinator for the Youth Opera. "We are committed to placing our campers in active learning situations with established professionals in the industry -- singers, instrumentalists, stage directors, costume designers, set builders and many others."
The three-week camp, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. in Sarasota, begins June 10 and concludes June 28. Children ages 8-18 are eligible to enroll.
Tuition is $300 per child and scholarships are available; before and after camp care is available at no additional charge. Daily snacks are provided, but campers must bring their own lunches.
The camp promotes hands-on exploration of all aspects of opera including classes in music, voice, acting, opera appreciation, design and technical production. Opportunities are also provided for campers to experience the magic of opera outside the Opera House through field trips and collaborations with other arts groups. The camp concludes with a showcase and on-stage demonstration in which all campers will participate.
Deadline for registration is Friday, May 10. For more information, or to register, call Plocher at 366-8450, ext. 249.
Sarasota Opera Youth Opera Camp, June 10-28. $300 (scholarships available). Registration deadline May 10. Call 366-8450, ext. 249.