Magazine article Opera Canada

Hannaraptor

Magazine article Opera Canada

Hannaraptor

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Calgary Opera's Hannaraptor, as seen through the eyes of my 13-year-old granddaughter, was a magical and empowering experience. She was delighted with the suggestive rendering of the partially buried dinosaur bones. She related to young Hanna's devotion to her father even after his death. She admired Hanna's ability to keep promises, and then her self-actualization as a determined protector of the precious dinosaur bones from a greedy developer.

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After successfully capturing the attention and imagination of young audiences during a tour of southern Alberta in April, the alternating casts of Hannaraptor credit the creators' writing of both melodic music and kidspeak as the tools for engaging young imaginations. Playing against minimal sets, lighting, costumes and props, the eight members of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Development Program displayed their acting skills acquired over the previous seven months. The opera calls for four performers to sing, dance and act their way through a totally plausible, sometimes melodramatic and humorous, display of obsessions, family dynamics and social responsibility. …

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