Jack’s Angels Foundation Presents:
OUR REHEARSAL LOCATION HAS CHANGED– Acton Mainstage, MPR Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, 32248 Crown Valley Rd, Acton, CA 93510 We alternate this location with that of a private home. For registration information, call Janet at 661-977-3125. We currently have openings for up to 10 more singers.
A wonderful idea is coming to fruition! We are planning a collaborative effort with Center Stage Opera to develop a versatile children’s choir with musicianship training, healthy vocal technique, and ensemble values. Area of service is our own Acton-Agua Dulce area, with of course a big welcome to the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley communities. We are hopeful to engage more singers desiring a choir and early music education experience, that we may participate in Center Stage Opera’s production of Carmen in June, 2015. We are very fortunate to have a community opera company like Center Stage Opera, a unique cultural resource and support for emerging young artists. For more information, visit: www.centerstageopera.org This project follows Jack’s Angels commitment to supporting the arts for children in the local community in raising awareness for our cause.
This consists of two 12-week sessions, Session I began Wednesday, Oct. 29 at our “Acton Mainstage” 32248 Crown Valley Rd, Acton, CA 93510, at the Crown Valley exit off of the 14 freeway. Workshops meet weekly on Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm at this location.
The full schedule of workshops for Sessions I and II extends through May 2015, up to rehearsals for Carmen. There will be a minimum of three performances for the choir in its first year. Most notably will be Center Stage Opera’s production of Carmen, by Georges Bizet, on June 6, 7, and 14, 2015 at the Madrid Theatre in the San Fernando Valley. For Winter 2014-15, the choir will sing a program of Christmas and Holiday Carols December 7, and a Spring program for the “Art for Jack” Children’s Art and Music Festival on Sunday, May 3, 2015, location information to be announced in February 2015. There may be a surprise performance at the 2nd Annual Santa Colorita 5k Fun-Run Festivities, 7am-12pm February 14, 2015!
Although we currently have an insufficient number of singers to work directly with the Opera Company, the Program’s creator could not see it folding for that reason. The concept was for there to be a children’s choir trained in the style of Kodaly for a well-rounded musicianship experience encouraging the children to explore music in their lives, no matter what instrument, genre or venue they may eventually choose. A performance experience with Center Stage Opera would allow the children to have a unique opportunity to work in a professional setting with the excitement of live performance. We are hopeful that, with consistency and diligence–and fun of course, this may come to be.
“The plan is to have the choir become an integral part of the Opera Company, the repertoire of which includes opera as well as Broadway and jazz; they are committed first and foremost to quality and support of emerging young artists,” remarked Janet Demeter, founder of Jack’s Angels Foundation. “The choir project follows our desire to be a supporter of the arts and education for the children in our community; it’s a unique opportunity to have an amazing community opera company as a resource in your own back yard. We are fortunate to avail ourselves of this for our children to be exposed to great music, making great music, and having the opportunity to perform in a professional setting.”
The projected, ideal number of singers is 16, though the number may be anywhere from 12 to 20. Demeter continued,”We really don’t know what to expect, or if the community even desires such a thing, but hopefully for those of us who do, we’ll have a blast!” More information about the choir is downloadable above, and Jerry Brown, General Director of Center Stage Opera can be contacted at 818-517-4102, or www.centerstageopera.org.