Student Shorts Grant Takes Center Stage

By Natalie Creamer

Recently, The Atlanta Opera was awarded a generous grant by the Zeist Foundation in support of the Student Shorts program. The grant covers direct expenses for the special student performance of Carmen. Approximately 1,200 Atlanta Public School students will attend the Student Short production of Carmen at no cost.

To encourage Atlanta Public School students to expand their minds and engage in the performing arts, the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs sponsors an annual Cultural Experience Project. This year the Atlanta Opera’s Student Shorts was selected as the 11th grade cultural experience. Selecting prestigious cultural organizations in the Atlanta area, the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs aims at exposing elementary, middle and high school students to various forms of art.

This season, The Atlanta Opera will be producing an abridged version of Carmen, the story of a captivating gypsy who falls in love with a young toreador, only to find herself victim to the hands of jealousy, vengeance and tragedy. This 70-minute performance is complete with authentic costumes, a full chorus, The Atlanta Opera Orchestra.

First produced in 2003, Student Shorts was targeted for students as its primary audience. The purpose of Student Shorts is to introduce young opera-goers to the magical world of opera, and expose them to performance in a live setting – the costumes, live orchestra, singers, and lighting design. Each year the audience varies, depending on the theme and content of the upcoming production.

Student Shorts will be held at 11a.m. on November 15, 2012 at the Cobb Energy Centre.

Tickets are $10 per person, and can be purchased online or by calling 404-881-8885.

Photo courtesy of JD Scott

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