Inspiring teens today to mold the world of tomorrow:
Act Too Studio Opera Workshop is an ongoing, student-driven educational arts project with performances throughout the year, including a fully-staged opera each summer. Our workshop includes students between the ages of 13-19 at varying levels of vocal development, musical skill, and experience. Works are chosen with those factors in mind, and though this work is intended to be performed for the community, the focus of the workshop itself is very process-heavy. In order to bring their work to performance level, students are guided through deep musical and theatrical analysis of everything they do, along with study of the work’s cultural and historical context.
As part of a small performing arts studio, we are some of the multitude of people responsible for training the next generation of artists and patrons of the arts. Opera is the richest theatrical music we know, filled with emotion and all the terrifying complexity of human existence, and our teens have fallen in love with it. Our students will not all become opera singers—most likely very few of them will. But they all will be a part of shaping the future of the arts in our society. They will be the ones who, in industry in education, determine our musical legacy.