Tulsa Opera On Tour with ‘Mooch the Messy’
ARTS ENTHUSIASM: Alexander Elliott, left, and Zac Engle, performers with Tulsa Opera, sit with Hoover Elementary students, from left, Nicole Chase, Seth Ayala and Cynthia Shepard.
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Tulsa Opera performed Marcus DeLoach’s Mooch the Messy for students at Hoover Elementary on Nov. 13. The performance was part of the annual statewide Opera on Tour! event which concludes in November.
Mooch the Messy is a 30-minute children’s opera based on the 1976 children’s book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and teaches students valuable lessons about neatness and responsibility. Prior to the performance, teachers received lesson plans and a student newsletter from Tulsa Opera to assist in preparing their students for the show. The show will also feature each school’s music teacher or principal in a short, but pivotal, role. Mooch the Messy is performed in agreement with e and The M.B. and M.E. Sharmat Trust. The performers are: Zac Engle, tenor, a native of Ponca City, Okla., and a Tulsa Opera Studio Artist for the 2012-13 season; Alexander Elliott, baritone, a native of Florence, S.C., and also a Tulsa Opera Studio Artist for the 2012-13 season. Whitney Hollis, piano, joined Opera on Tour! as this season’s tour manager and pianist.
Tulsa Opera was founded in 1948 and enhances the cultural landscape of Oklahoma by providing high-quality, locally-produced opera. Tulsa Opera places special emphasis on contributing to the future of the operatic art form by educating the community about opera and its role in our culture. Tulsa Opera is a non-profit 501©(3) organization presenting productions made possible, in part, by generous funding from patrons, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Tulsa Opera, visit tulsaopera.com.