The Muddy River Opera Company celebrates its 28th season with the productions of the children’s opera Little Red Riding Hood in March followed by Bizet’s Carmen in June and the annual Fall Fling during 2017.
Since its founding in 1989 as a non-profit arts organization, Muddy River Opera Company has had as its mission two primary goals to make professional quality opera performance available to the tri-state community, and foster in young people a love of experiencing stories set artistically and sung through a Children’s Opera Outreach. Often that outreach has involved touring with young professional singers between regional elementary schools to perform such classics as Jack and the Beanstalk or Pinocchio.
Students in Illinois and Missouri have had great experiences being introduced to opera as the Company travelled with Mini Magic Flute, and Chanticleer, as well. In recent years, John Wood Community College has welcomed MROC performances as elementary students and home schoolers traveled to campus for performances of such favorites as Sid the Serpent and Alice in Opera Land.
In March of 2016, MROC expanded its educational outreach to mirror more closely the vision of the Company’s founding mission by providing excellent children’s opera performance using fine regional college musicians along with young professional singers. The production of How Nanita Learned to Make Flan saw the first collaboration between Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College, and Quincy University that will define MROC Outreach in the future.
This season the Company will combine several home stage performances at JWCC ‘s Orr Theatre but will also tour to the Lewis Street Playhouse in Canton, Missouri and to several elementary schools in the area to bring the wonderful world of opera to as many elementary students as possible by presenting Little Red Riding Hood.
June 9 & 10 MROC will present Carmen in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium at John Wood Community College. This beloved opera will be presented in English with a full cast and orchestra. Memberships and sponsorships from corporations and individuals are being sought by MROC to help with the costs associated in putting together both opera productions.