Elijah's Kite
Composer: James Rolfe
Librettist: Camyar Chai
Other Artistic Personnel: Susan Suchard, music director; Michael Clipperton, director; Julia Tribe, stage designer
Original Cast: Neema Bickersteth, Jessica Lloyd, James McLennan, Jennifer Rasor, Calvin Powell
Premiere Date: April 09, 2006
Producing Company: Tapestry New Opera Works
Description: A morality tale that deals with bullying and school violence, Elijah's Kite is written with tenderness and humour, and explores the issues of friendship, loneliness and self image. Nine year old Elijah feels alone in the school yard and is often bullied by Big Billy Brett. For comfort, Elijah brings his favourite kite to school and dreams of flying away. One day, Elijah meets a strong new girl named Miriam who isn’t afraid of Billy and stands up to him. However, Miriam soon learns to use her new power in the peer group in a negative manner and begins bullying others herself. In the end, by developing empathy for each other and appreciating diversity, they all discover what it takes to make Elijah’s kite fly: caring and cooperation!
Comments: This opera was formerly known as The Manhattan Project
Length: 00:30
Total Acts: Not Available
Orchestration: pf, elec bass, drums
Musical Style: contemporary classical / popular, urban
Contact: Anna Mathew, Tapestry New Opera Works
Address: 55 Mill St., Bldg #58 Studio 316
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4 Canada
E-mail Address: annam@tapestrynewopera.com
Phone: 416-537-6066 x 221
Schedule of Performances Listings
Elijah's Kite (Rolfe)
Monday, October 30, 2006 - Tapestry New Opera Works
Elijah's Kite (Rolfe)
Sunday, April 9, 2006 - Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
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