Students to experience opera

LOCAL YOUNG people will get to experience opera for the first time here soon.

LOCAL YOUNG people will get to experience opera for the first time here soon.

The Vancouver Opera in Schools program, which travels around the province to spread the enjoyment of opera, has been invited to perform in the school district next month.

“It’s going to be really exciting,” says Coast Mountains school district superintendent Nancy Wells.

“We haven’t had it in the schools. We believe in the arts and like to promote it to kids.”

Details are still to be finalized but the performers will put on the opera Naomi’s Road, based on a novel by the same name about a nine-year-old Japanese Canadian girl’s experiences being sent to an internment camp with her parents during the Second World War.

Despite the subject matter, it’s filled with emotion, humour and celebrates hope, cultural understanding and compassion. The 45-minute production boasts full set and costumes, and afterward, there’s a question and answer period, said Wells.

Students will get a study guide and listening CD, she added.

Vancouver Opera in Schools also travels to Stewart, Kitimat and Hazelton to perform.