WHAT IS A SNAPPY OPERA?
A Snappy Opera is a 10-minute opera for children (aged 7-11) introducing all the essential elements of opera – singing, acting and making – in a fun, colourful and bite-size chunk.
Each piece is designed to be performed by around 30 children, divided up into two or three sub-groups. Every character in a Snappy Opera is represented by a sub-group; there are no main parts and no chorus which makes for a wonderfully non-hierarchical rehearsal atmosphere where everyone is fully involved the whole time.
Snappy Operas are really adaptable too. There are optional sections for more ambitious groups and optional solo lines for anyone who feels confident. Each piece is orchestrated with its own small band of up to three instruments but there’s also a piano only version. You can produce a Snappy very simply with minimal props or you can go full on and make your own elaborate set and costumes.
There are a range of useful resources accompanying the score - backing tracks, word sheets (librettos) and instructions on how to make props and costumes – to help you stage your own Snappy Opera, regardless of previous experience.
You can perform a Snappy in a classroom, a hall, a theatre, a lighthouse, anywhere! You can perform one opera on its own or bring separate groups, classes or even schools together and perform a cluster of them like in a festival.
Whatever you choose to do, make it Snappy!