The Royal Opera House has opened the doors to a new virtual classroom by launching a brand-new programme of free home-learning opportunities for children and young people to encourage their creativity.
Championed by former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell, this unique series of home learning activities has an exciting range of content for every age across music, dance and making.
Darcey Bussell said: “The Royal Opera House has played a vital role in my life as a dancer, and it plays a key role in the heart of the UK’s arts landscape. At this challenging time and as a parent, we must continue to celebrate and share with our children the many amazing aspects of performance, dance and music and I’m so excited to launch this exciting home learning series from the Royal Opera House.
“Join my family and me over the next 13 weeks, as we go behind the scenes of one of the world’s most loved theatres to learn and experience every aspect of theatre-craft and performance in bite-sized chunks for all the family to enjoy”.
With no prior knowledge of ballet or opera required, the ROH’s Create & Learn series gives children a sneak peek behind the scenes of one of the world’s most famous theatres.
It is inviting them to design and make their own sets, create and perform their own dances, learn about music and warm up their vocal chords.
Anyone can get involved between now and 17 July, with new activities and courses added every week at noon every Friday.
Whether you’re looking for simple activities, a creative homeschooling project, or theatre craft fun, the Royal Opera House’s new Create and Learn resources let you unleash your creativity and explore the magical world of singing, dancing and artistic design in your home.
The first instalment of Create & Learn includes six creative challenges, all jam-packed with activities including creating your own special opening night invitation inspired by Cinderella; falling down the rabbit hole and constructing a short dance based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; learning about opera and the voice with songs from Hansel and Gretel and making your very own ballet or opera stage set using just a cereal box.
With hours of activities planned for this week, the Royal Opera House has announced its next batch of home learning opportunities next Friday 24 April on the theme of “Magical Adventures”.
To join the Royal Opera House for these weekly creative adventures, alongside their more extensive suite of online broadcasts and House Music programme, follow #OurHousetoYourHouse.
You can go behind the scenes of the Royal Opera House learning programme here.
About Royal Opera House Learning and Participation
The Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation team work to inspire creativity at the ROH and across the UK through its rich programme of free and ticketed daytime events, activities and festivals, as well as its flagship Create and Sing, Create and Dance and Design and Make national learning programmes. Last season, more than 50,000 people participated in an event at the ROH and, since it began three years ago, more than 1,400 schools, 81% outside of London, have been supported to deliver ROH national learning programmes to bring singing, dancing and making to the curriculum for thousands of children and young people.
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