Archived Stories for Union County Public Schools
Night at the Opera
Turandot is a story about the Unknown Prince who wanted to marry China’s Princess Turandot. His challenge was to answer three riddles correctly. If the courageous prince failed to answer one of the riddles, he would receive a death sentence like many men before him. Many characters try to convince him not to pursue such a risk but he insists. The audience enjoyed the part where characters Ping, Pang, and Pong were making up ridiculous stories to tell the prince just so he would forget about the princess and keep moving on in his life. They brought humor to balance the events of the story.
Turandot was very complex and took a lot of thought. It helped to have background on the story and supertitles above the stage to understand the context. The students were excited to also understand some of the Italian words because they contained familiar Latin stems studied in class.
This was a very thoughtful and meaningful opera put together by a bunch of tremendous actors! The show was incredible and, during intermission, the actors were kind to answer questions about performing opera. Most Kensington students had never been to an opera before and would enjoy going back to see another one!
Written by: Leah Kuhn, AIG Teacher, Kensington Elementary
Posted: Feb 26, 2015 by Cathy NeSmith