BENEFITING: ANCHORAGE OPERA COMPANY
Anchorage Opera (AO) wants to “take our act on the road” to the schoolchildren of Alaska with an all new Touring Education Program and we’re dedicating every dollar donated on Giving Tuesday 2015 to that cause. In a time when music and theatre arts education in our schools is suffering drastic funding cut-backs, AO is dedicated to bridging that gap. Our entire community benefits when our children have the arts in their lives. AO has partnered with the University of Alaska Anchorage Music Department to create and present a special children’s opera, Aklaq & Nayak (A Native Alaska Adaptation of Hansel & Gretel) in December 2015, which we hope to tour to schools in our area in 2016. This abridged version of the classic opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, with an all new English libretto, infuses the traditions of opera with indigenous Alaskan culture and storytelling making it relevant to the community we serve. The story emphasizes the importance of respect for the land, bravery, and love to overcome hardships and adversity. Giving Tuesday donations will be used to bring Aklaq & Nayak into the schools of Alaska. Sets, costumes, singers, stage directors, accompanists, transportation and administration of the touring program require funding and Giving Tuesday generosity can do just that. Thank you & BRAVO! Anchorage Opera is one of the largest producers of the performing arts in Alaska and the first opera company in North America founded in the circumpolar North in 1962. Additional information about Anchorage Opera can be found at www.anchorageopera.org.