Categories: Opera & Musicals, Family, History/Science/Life
City Youth Theatre (MCYT),
presents the children’s opera, Brundibár, originally
performed by the children of Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during
World War II.
opera is a sweet fairy tale about two small children who must get milk for their
mother who is ill. The children have no money and are confronted by adults who
don’t offer any help. Three animals as well as the entire child population
soon aid the children, and all ends well.
second half of the evening performance will include short scenes and monologues
relating to the Holocaust and will be performed by some of the children. The
cast includes young people from the Detroit Metropolitan area.
Grantland Street Playhouse is
located at 27555 Grantland, Livonia.
production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
are $15, with a discounted price of $12 for seniors and children. Children
under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
more information, call (313) 535-8962 or visit http://mcyt.org/current.html.
City Youth Theatre
STUFF, OCT 16, 2008
Florkowski never thought she'd be producing a children's opera but was haunted
by Brundibar. The work was originally performed by the inmates of the Terezin
Concentration Camp during World War II in the country now known as The Czech
Republic. While the opera itself is a fairy tale, it's the setting that kept
calling to Florkowski every time she passed the script on the shelf of her
first half of the production is a performance of the opera about two children
who triumph over evil with the help of talking animals, but it is followed by
scenes and monologues relating to the Holocaust, which left six million Jews
Motor City Youth Theatre opens the show Friday, Oct. 17, at the Grantland Street
Playhouse in Livonia. It is a complete departure from the musicals Florkowski
usually produces. In preparation for the performance, several of the older
children toured the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.
was composed by Hans Krasa and written by Adolf Hoffmeister.
wanted our youth theater to do something very meaningful," said Florkowski,
youth theater founder and artistic director. "It's a big undertaking with a
cast of 33 kids. I doubled and tripled some of the parts. It's only half an hour
long. It's hard for kids to be serious because they're so goofy but I think it's
going to make a big impact on the audience."
production has already left an impression on Amelia Fanelli, a 13-year old
student at Dunckel Middle School in Farmington Hills. Fanelli plays an art
teacher sent to the concentration camp which was a walled ghetto for Jews from
Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, and The Netherlands. Her 6-year old
brother William is in the chorus.
was able to identify with parts of the production, mainly the fear. It reminded
her of the time when she was 8 years old and her grandmother was supposed to
pick her up from swim practice, but got the time wrong and left Fanelli alone in
think historically it's of great significance, but I think they're going to get
more out the second half," said Fanelli. "A lot of characters in my
scene were real people and were totally forgotten about. My character could only
pack 110 pounds and bring it to the camp. She packed almost all art supplies for
The fairy tale children's opera is followed by scenes and monologues relating to
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 17-26
Where: Grantland Street Playhouse, 27555 Grantland, Livonia
Tickets: $12-15. Call (313) 535-8962 or send e-mail to nlflo@aol.