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Opera Mouse is a sweet story for youngsters about a rodent who will not be denied his dream of singing, no matter how many times he is told it is impossible.
Canadian soprano Melanie Gall introduces a puppet mouse named Tillie who has been told to stay out of sight or humans will scream “eek.” One day, while scurrying through the walls of a house, she hears recorded opera music that stirs her to want to join in. Tillie has always been told that mice can only squeak and peep but after moving her nest to an opera house dressing room she learns to sing on his hind legs. When the opera star becomes ill, she get his chance to show her hidden talent. No one eeked.
Gall, who also wrote Opera Mouse, performs Tillie’s stirring debut piece O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and certainly wowed the adults in the audience, if not the kids. She is also very good at interacting with even the pre-schoolers who were attentive to the puppet mouse.
— Kevin Prokosh
From the Fringe program:
Tillie Mouse lives under an opera house, and she just loves to sing! Her dream is to perform onstage. But whenever anyone sees her, they scream and run away. With determination, imagination and help from her friends, Tillie proves that even a mouse can be a star. Directed by acclaimed children's performer Erik de Waal. Featuring music from several operas, including: The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and Rigoletto.
"Cute, charming and funny" – Plank Magazine
"Amazing and heartfelt" – Vancouver Weekly
Director: Erik DeWaal
Cast: Melanie Gall
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Length: 45 mins.
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under)
Babes in arms permitted.
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM CDT: