By Trish Bunyan
Imagine a world where children sing, play, absorb, hear and enjoy the enchanting music of Mozart at school and with their friends.
Well, that day is here!
This staging of Mozart's magic Flute has been a dream ,for many years, shared by Dr Michael Telford , headmaster of John Scottus School and Susie Spratt, theatre director.
A serendipitous meeting of musician and head of the school music department, Fran Dempsey and talented script writer Joe 'O Donnell has finally made this possible 15 years after it's first conception.
A team of dedicated Dublin talent, including first time Producer Trish Bunyan, Choreographer Laurie Schneider, Artist Vanessa Marsh and Drama teacher and costumier Valerie McGeough, came together on a voluntary basis to form the production team of this highly complex and ambitious project.
This delightful adaptation of Mozart’s Magic Flute keeps the essential integrity of Mozart’s music but has been brilliantly edited by Fran Dempsey (those of a certain age will remember Fortycoats from the Golden Age of RTE Television!) so that the lead roles can be sung by teenagers and the choruses performed by almost any age-group.
The script has been rethought and rewritten by the imaginative Joe O’Donnell. Expect a musically enchanting extravaganza (featuring more than 100 performers) set in a circus with princes, maidens (awaiting rescue), ninjas, dragons, unscrupulous bankers and the evil Queen of the Night herself.
The lead roles will be played by students and past pupils of John Scottus school , which has a long tradition in classical music. Various choruses involve 75 primary school students from age 9-12. In keeping with the objective of using young talent the senior choir and orchestra will be made up of senior school pupils and alumni of John Scottus School and Alexandra College in Dublin.
The show will run from Wednesday the 6th to Friday the 8th March 2013 in The Civic Theatre in Tallaght.
We hope, that following this production, the score will be published and so be available to schools and other groups across the globe and for many years to come.
A production of this magnitude and scale, involving as it does more than 120 students, naturally requires more funding than can be raised through ticket sales and passionate in-house fundraising. We have managed to raise the majority of the money we need but are falling short of our venue and technical costs. And so we turn to you.......
Please lend your support to this brave new endeavor. We are immensely grateful for any support you can give to help produce this exciting new show.
Trish Bunyan, Susie Spratt and all the production team.