Petite Opera holds auditions for updated MAGIC FLUTE March 10-22, 2015


Petite Opera holds Opera Auditions March 10-22, 2015
Petite Opera Productions, a 501c3 non-profit professional company, will hold auditions for classically-trained adults and children (ages 8-18) on March 10, 15 and 22, 2015 in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago northwestern suburb). Auditions will be held by appointment only. Casting preference is given to Chicago-area* local adults and children.

The Fall 2015 production is The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart.  This is an updated production, and will be performed in English. Projected performance dates are November 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2015.

The Magic Flute


 

Seeking adults and children (ages 8-18) to play leading and featured roles, or perform as members of the chorus.  Candidates should have strong/trained voices that can perform acoustically in a classic style (no microphones will be used), good stage presence, character creation and movement, and ability to learn music quickly.  (Children who read music are preferred).

See our audition posting for more details.  Deadline for audition requests is Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 PM Central time.

*Please note that Petite Opera does not provide housing, transportation, or transportation reimbursement for performers.  Performers must be local Chicago-area candidates or those that can provide their own housing and transportation (to the northwestern suburb of Park Ridge) for the rehearsal period, which occurs up to three days per week and is spread out over a 12-14 week period (due to venue access).

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Petite Opera performs The Magic Flute November 6-22, 2015 at Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, part of St. Mary's Episcopal Church campus, 306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL. 

To reserve tickets: Call 847-553-4442 or email tickets@petiteopera.org, or purchase tickets online via credit card (convenience charges apply to credit card orders). Adult tickets are $25, Seniors (age 62 and over) are $22, Full-time Students K-College are $15, and Preschool children are $5

Petite Opera is a professional 501c3 opera company. 

Petite Opera "Brundibar" with Ela Weissberger Performs to Sell Out Crowds


Brundibár resonates with audiences like nothing else

All Remaining Performances Are Sold Out***!

Remaining Performances
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm SOLD OUT!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm SOLD OUT!!!

*** Petite Opera will confirm reserved tickets with all patrons via phone or email

 

Petite Opera production Brundibár is playing to sold out houses.  Audiences have been moved by Ela Weissberger's story, and by the talent of 20 Chicago-area children that come from all corners of the metro area to share this touching children's opera, as performed in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin.  

Media coverage has been tremendous.

Barbara Brotman's Chicago Tribune articlepreviewed the production, citing the significance of this production.

WGN-TV's Amy Rutledge recently interviewed Ela Weissberger, Holocaust Survivor and original cast member, who will speak before, and appear in each performance. Watch the WGN-TV interview here

Brian Cox featured an inter-generation article on Ela Weissberger, and Tess Dinerstein, who plays Ela's original role in the production. 

Fox-TV featured the production in its newscast, describing the role this opera played in the hoax by the Nazis to demonstrate Jews were treated humanely.


Brundibár is a beautiful children's opera written during the tragedy of World War II by composer, Hans Krasa. Brundibár was initially designed to bring hope and a sense of purpose and unity to children of an orphanage in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

It illustrates how art can become a tool of defiance and survival and give one the hope to live in the most dire of circumstances.

As Holocaust survivor and original cast member, Ela Weissberger, described the experience:

"The music was giving us strength," Weissberger said. "We sang the victory song with such enthusiasm — that one day we will be free."




Performances
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM 
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM SOLD OUT!!!
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM  SOLD OUT!!!
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm SOLD OUT!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm SOLD OUT!!!

Ela Weissberger, who played the role of the Cat in all 55 performances at Terezín, will be speaking before the opera, and appearing in all eight performances.  She will provide her personal insight into her experiences of Brundibár and surviving the Holocaust.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/brundibar-how-the-nazis-conned-the-world/
 "This is important.  I want to make sure I share with the children how important this opera was in our lives, and how it can change theirs.  Who knows, I might not be alive next year to tell the story, and they will need to do so."

http://petiteopera.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=2742 

Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, of St. Mary's Episcopal Church campus, 
306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL

Purchase your tickets now:
  • Credit Card (surcharge applies)
  • Email your Box Office Will-Call pick-up reservation (cash or checks accepted) tickets@petiteopera.org
  • Call us at 847-553-4442 to reserve your ticket for Will-Call pick-up (cash or checks accepted on performance date)


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Petite Opera performs Brundibár November 7-22, 2014 at Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, part of St. Mary's Episcopal Church campus, 306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL. 

To reserve tickets: Call 847-553-4442 or email tickets@petiteopera.org, or purchase tickets online via credit card (convenience charges apply to credit card orders). Adult tickets are $25, Seniors (age 62 and over) are $22, Full-time Students K-College are $15, and Preschool children are $5

Petite Opera is a professional 501c3 opera company. 

Petite Opera's BRUNDIBAR takes on personal meaning at Illinois Holocaust Museum


Brundibár:  Continue the journey of remembrance at the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Patrons who experienced Petite Opera's Brundibár now have the opportunity to continue their journey of remembrance, and enrich their understanding of Terezin even further by visiting the Illinois Holocaust Museum. 



Exterior of the Illinois Holocaust Museum
Visitors in the The Karkomi  Permanent Exhibition at the
Illinois Holocaust Museum
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center tells the story of the Holocaust through richly designed exhibitions that will both move and inspire. Learn more about Terezin and explore video testimonies in the Museum’s Karkomi Permanent Exhibition. Step into a genuine German rail car, the very type used in the Nazi regime. Following your tour, visit the Museum’s stunning contemplative spaces to reflect on what you’ve seen—and on how you can be the Power of One.

See how Ela Weissberger and the other cast members of Brundibár lived in Terezin.  




Petite Opera's BRUNDIBAR with Ela Weissberger Touching Audiences and Selling Out


Brundibár opening weekend strikes a chord with Petite Opera audiences


Petite Opera is thrilled to stage the children's opera, Brundibár, as performed in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin.  WGN-TV's Amy Rutledge recently interviewed Ela Weissberger, Holocaust Survivor and original cast member, who will speak before, and appear in each performance. 

Watch the WGN-TV interview here: 

As described in the by Barbara Brotman Chicago Tribune articleby Barbara Brotman, Brundibár is a beautiful children's opera written during the tragedy of World War II by composer, Hans Krasa. Brundibár was initially designed to bring hope and a sense of purpose and unity to children of an orphanage in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

It illustrates how art can become a tool of defiance and survival and give one the hope to live in the most dire of circumstances.

As Holocaust survivor and original cast member, Ela Weissberger, described the experience:

"The music was giving us strength," Weissberger said. "We sang the victory song with such enthusiasm — that one day we will be free."

Remaining Performances
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm  SOLD OUT!!!
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm Seats Available
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm Seats Available

Ela Weissberger, who played the role of the Cat in all 55 performances at Terezín, will be speaking before the opera, and appearing in all eight performances.  She will provide her personal insight into her experiences of Brundibár and surviving the Holocaust.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/brundibar-how-the-nazis-conned-the-world/
 "This is important.  I want to make sure I share with the children how important this opera was in our lives, and how it can change theirs.  Who knows, I might not be alive next year to tell the story, and they will need to do so."

http://petiteopera.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=2742 

Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, of St. Mary's Episcopal Church campus, 
306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL

Purchase your tickets now:
  • Credit Card (surcharge applies)
  • Email your Box Office Will-Call pick-up reservation (cash or checks accepted) tickets@petiteopera.org
  • Call us at 847-553-4442 to reserve your ticket for Will-Call pick-up (cash or checks accepted on performance date)


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Petite Opera performs Brundibár November 7-22, 2014 at Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, part of St. Mary's Episcopal Church campus, 306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL. 

To reserve tickets: Call 847-553-4442 or email tickets@petiteopera.org, or purchase tickets online via credit card (convenience charges apply to credit card orders). Adult tickets are $25, Seniors (age 62 and over) are $22, Full-time Students K-College are $15, and Preschool children are $5

Petite Opera is a professional 501c3 opera company. 


Chicago Tribune Previews Petite Opera's "Brundibár"--3 Days Until Opening Night


With only 3 days until opening, Chicago Tribune speaks to Holocaust Survivor about Petite Opera Brundibár


Petite Opera is thrilled to stage the children's opera, Brundibár, as performed in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin.  As described in the Chicago Tribune articleBrundibár is a beautiful children's opera written during the tragedy of World War II by composer, Hans Krasa. Brundibár was initially designed to bring hope and a sense of purpose and unity to children of an orphanage in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

It illustrates how art can become a tool of defiance and survival and give one the hope to live in the most dire of circumstances.

As Holocaust survivor and original cast member, Ela Weissberger, described the experience:

"The music was giving us strength," Weissberger said. "We sang the victory song with such enthusiasm — that one day we will be free."

Performances
Fridays, November 7, 14, 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays, November  8, 15, 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Sundays, November 9, 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm 

Ela Weissberger, who played the role of the Cat in all 55 performances at Terezín, will be speaking before the opera, and appearing in all eight performances.  She will provide her personal insight into her experiences of Brundibár and surviving the Holocaust.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/brundibar-how-the-nazis-conned-the-world/
 "This is important.  I want to make sure I share with the children how important this opera was in our lives, and how it can change theirs.  Who knows, I might not be alive next year to tell the story, and they will need to do so."

http://petiteopera.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=2742 

Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, of St. Mary's Episcopal Church campus, 
306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL

Purchase your tickets now:
  • Credit Card (surcharge applies)
  • Email your Box Office Will-Call pick-up reservation (cash or checks accepted) tickets@petiteopera.org
  • Call us at 847-553-4442 to reserve your ticket for Will-Call pick-up (cash or checks accepted on performance date)

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Petite Opera performs Brundibár November 7-22, 2014 at Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium, part of St. Mary's Episcopal Church campus, 306 S Prospect Ave at Crescent Ave (enter on Crescent Ave), Park Ridge, IL.  Call 847-553-4442 to reserve tickets, or purchase tickets online via credit card (convenience charges apply to credit card orders). Petite Opera is a professional 501c3 opera company.