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Snappy Operas: An introduction for children and teachers

A series of resources to introduce children and teachers to our award-winning project for primary schools

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. We have created a series of resources to introduce children and teachers to the project and provide some fun activities that can be done at home or with a class in school.

Introduced by our Snappy Opera team and exploring the wonderful story of The Magical Music Tree, there will be the chance to do some singing and learn one of the songs, explore some of the characters to add some drama, and make some costumes to really bring them to life!

These fun activities are designed to give a little taster of some of the things we do when we deliver a Snappy Opera in a school. We hope you will enjoy joining in with these fun activities, and whatever you chose to do... #MakeItSnappy

Part 1 - Introduction

Marc Dunleavy, Snappy Opera producer, introduces Snappy Operas and the activities to come.

Part 2 - Music

Stephen Deazley, Snappy Opera music director, warms up our voice and introduces us to the music of The Magical Music Tree. We learn one of the songs too!

Word Sheet

Sheet Music

Rehearsal Track

Part 3 - Drama

Freya Wynn-Jones, Snappy Opera director, gets our bodies warmed up and we start to think how we might use our body to characterise the creatures who live in The Magical Music Tree.

Children's Activity Sheet

Teacher's Activity Sheet

Part 4 - Design

Anna Bruder, Snappy Operas designer introduces us to the beautiful visual world of The Magical Music Tree and how easy it is for us to make our own props and costumes.

Dodo Design Pack

Fish Design Pack

Unicorn Design Pack

Part 5 - Let's Sing!

Now that you have learned the music, explored your character and made your costume, we want you to join us in a performance! Have fun, and please share your photos and videos with us on social media!

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