Sammy & the Beanstalk: an online play-with-songs

by OperaUpClose in London, England, United Kingdom

£600

raised of £4,500 target

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supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 2nd October 2020 at 2:00pm

We're creating a magical festive show for families & schools to enjoy online, as there will be few live performances available this year.

by OperaUpClose in London, England, United Kingdom

Who we are

OperaUpClose is an ambitious, inclusive, award-winning opera company. Now in our eleventh year, we continue to develop a distinct and essential stream of work, producing newly orchestrated, innovatively staged, accessible and affordable English re-imaginings of well-known classics, as well as premieres of new operas.

What we're doing

We're creating an online seasonal show for 7-10-year-olds and their schools and families, which will be available this December. Sammy & the Beanstalk is a new play-with-arias, written by OperaUpClose’s Artistic Director Robin Norton-Hale and composed by Rosabella Gregory.

This is a fun, spooky and contemporary Christmas story, told from the perspective of 8-year-old Sammy. It’s a story about bravery and kindness, which also tackles isolation and mental health issues. This is our creative response to the current restrictions and is intended for families and classes to watch together, replacing a Christmas theatre/panto trip.

Sammy & the Beanstalk follows on from our hugely successful new opera for 3-5-year-olds, based on Jill Murphy’s Peace At Last, which toured to over 70 schools and theatres across the UK in 2019. The performance is a co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, who are providing a venue for technical rehearsals and filming.

Tickets to watch this performance will be £5 and it will be free to access for schools and those on low incomes.

The Story

Sammy lives with her parents at the top of a very tall house, overlooking a city. Sammy’s mum’s work as a carer means that she is away a lot, and Sammy and her dad are looking forward to Mum coming home for Christmas. As the story unfolds, Sammy’s dad becomes increasingly depressed. Dad’s fear of the outside world starts to take shape in unsettling, fairy-tale ways as Sammy watches, with brambles and vines creeping up the walls of their house and tapping at the windows to get in. Although Sammy too, is scared, when a bird becomes trapped in her bedroom Sammy flings open the window to free it. This act of kindness and bravery releases Dad from his illness, with a little help from the magic vine.

We will be drawing inspiration from classic winter tales, both cosy and gothic, as well as opera, theatre and film to create a thrilling story-telling experience, in a wonderfully intimate setting. 

Why we need your help

Over the past six months, all live performances have been cancelled and performers have had little or no work. Many seasonal/Christmas shows, including pantos and performances in schools, have already been cancelled or are unlikely to go ahead this year.

Experiencing music and theatre has proven benefits for children’s emotional well-being and cognitive development, and Christmas shows are often their first experience of live, professional performance. We don’t want children, schools and families to miss out on experiencing magical, musical story-telling together this year.

This project enables us to employ brilliant artists to create a new piece of theatre-opera which will bring people together, at home or in the classroom, during a time when this has felt impossible.

We want to ensure everyone can enjoy this performance, whatever their financial circumstances. We are running this fundraiser so we can provide links to watch Sammy and the Beanstalk for schools, community groups and low-income families.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Pay it Forward

Support this project by buying a ticket to watch this performance. You will receive a link to watch this show anytime between 14 Dec – 3 Jan.

£20 or more

Pay It Forward (Family Ticket)

Receive a link to watch this performance + a digital programme including activities and games

£50 or more

Create Our World (digital)

Receive a link to watch this performance + a digital programme + a thank you on our website + a digital copy of an original illustration for the set design

£150 or more

Create Our World (print)

Receive a link to watch this performance + a digital programme + a thank you on our website + an A3 print of an original illustration for the theatre set design [Print will be posted by 1 December 2020]

£500 or more

Create Our Score

Receive a link to watch this performance + a digital programme + a thank you on our website + an A3 print of an original illustration for the theatre set design + a MP3 preview of a song or aria that will feature in the performance (c.3 mins) [MP3 will be sent digitally by 1 December 2020]

£1,000 or more

We’ll Sing For You

Receive a link to watch this performance + a digital programme + a thank you on our website + an A3 print of an original illustration for the theatre set design + a MP3 preview of a song or aria that will feature in the performance (c.3 mins) + a personalised message and beautifully sung Happy Birthday or seasonal sing for you and your loved ones, performed by a member [A3 print posted & MP3 sent digitally by 1 December 2020]

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