El Kid – Opera Australia 2017

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Ruth will be reprising her role as Ferdinand in El Kid for Opera Australia’s 2017 NSW Schools Tour. The tour runs for 26 weeks and the cast will perform at over 200 schools all across the state.

The classic tale of Billy Goats Gruff meets the popular music of Carmen in this opera/fairy-tale mash-up for school children

He’s just a kid. El Kid, in fact, but the other goats don’t think he’s got much to offer. When they all head out to attend Seville’s biggest Fiesta, no one thinks little Diego will have a part to play.  But in opera, it’s often the outsider who comes in to save the day, and before the party’s over, Diego will prove he’s no silly goats gruff.

This 50-minute opera explores the courage you find when you believe in yourself, using the popular tunes of Bizet’s Carmen to introduce the drama of opera to primary-school aged students.

We’ve developed this brand new production especially for Victorian school students, offering a range of curriculum-based teacher resources to help classes explore classical music using a familiar fairy-tale.

Professional singers perform the best bits of Bizet’s catchy tunes with colourful costumes and an enchanting set to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Public performance dates will be available via the Opera Australia website here.

 

El Kid at the Arts Centre, Melbourne

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The theatre season of El Kid at the Arts Centre, Melbourne has premiered to great reviews!

Diego the little goat is left behind while the party animals of Seville are off to a party. El Kid adapts the classic tale of Three Billy Goats Gruff and wackily combines it with opera to introduce children to the wonderful world of drama and opera with the classic tale of finding courage when you believe in yourself. The comedy is a musical fiesta for the young and young at heart alike.

The show received 5 out of 5 starts in What’s On in Melbourne. Read the Herald Sun’s review here!

El Kid plays at the Arts Centre until 16 November 2016.

 

El Kid – Opera Australia 2016

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It’s been an absolute blast being a member of the 2016 Victorian Schools Tour company in the production of El Kid. Written by Michael Badorrek and Liesel Badorrek, directed by Liesel Badorrek, music by Robert Greene and designed by Mark Thompson, this original show has been a hit with schools right across Victoria.

As part of the tour we visited over 100 schools in Victoria, performing up to three shows a day. We’ve been made to feel so welcome right across the state!

This tour comes to an end in October, but our theatre season in the Arts Centre, Melbourne, starts in November. Watch this space!

‘El Kid’ – Herald Sun review

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It’s been fantastic fun being a part of the cast of ‘El Kid’ for the Victorian Schools Tour with Opera Australia. We ended our 2016 season with a series of public performances, in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne, and we received glowing reviews. Here’s a snippet of the review that appeared in the Herald Sun on 23 November:

OPERA Australia and Arts Centre Melbourne’s new family opera El Kid, takes an issue familiar to us all, particularly pertinent in schools, and gives its audience a good reality check with it.

Devised by Liesel and Michael Badorrek and based on the Norwegian fairy tale Three Billy Goats Gruff, and set to Bizet’s popular tunes from Carmen, El Kid tells a story about Diego the billy goat, as heart wrenching as it is comic and ludicrous all the way down to some base laugh-out-loud flatulent trumpeting.

Poor Diego (Shoumendu Ganguly) endures the worst of verbal abuse and put-downs from his brother and sister, Ferdinand (Ruth Strutt) and Isabella (Jessica Boyd), their self-importance inflated by the number of Facebook likes they get. Diego has his magic that he’s a flop at but wants to go to the Fiesta de la Cabra to entertain. He’s achingly pleading to be loved and has no friends but his pot plants and an orange he confides in.

To get to the fiesta, a bridge needs to be crossed at which the insatiably hungry resident Troll (James Payne), wants to eat them, the fouler the better. First, Ferdinand tricks him into the more “bitter and sour” Isabella who in turn suggests more “new and strange things”, Diego. Conjuring all his magic, a valiant Diego shows his strength and chases the troll away for all to get to the fiesta.

In the theatre of make-believe, among the bright colours, sunshiny and cactus-growing Mexico festively designed by Mark Thompson, the Badorrek’s drive the issue of teasing and bullying with unrestraint and emotional clout in an unexpected blast of confrontational theatre.

Bizet’s melodious tunes get some fine-voiced flair and wicked lyrics like “flambé of fart” with neatly arranged musical assistance from Raymond Lawrence and a lush little violin, double bass, trumpet and piano ensemble. With Leisel Badorrek’s witty direction, the one-hour piece charges along with its cast of four energetic and comically adept performers.

Be prepared for the impact because El Kid will shake you up. It may even be a call to action or self-examination. At the very least, it’s meaningful theatre wrapped in light operatic entertainment to charm the socks off kids and adults alike.

Soprani Art

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A blissful afternoon in the picturesque St Mary’s Church, Kangaroo Point….

Two beautiful voices, violin, cello and piano perform a sumptuous selection of art songs, duets and arias for soprano and mezzo-soprano.

Works by Richard Strauss, Amy Beach, Liza Lehmann, Vincenzo Bellini Gustav Mahler, Leo Delibes and Timothy Hoekman.

Featuring: Gabbie Jack, soprano; Ruth Strutt, mezzo-soprano; John Woods, piano; Katie Sillar, violin & viola; Kathryn McKee, cello.

Tickets: $25 (Adult), $20 (Pensioner/Student), Children under 12 free

 

A Cole Porter Celebration

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The Armidale Symphony Orchestra and the Armidale Drama and Musical Society proudly presents A Cole Porter Celebration

Saturday 15 August 8pm
Sunday 16 August, 3pm

Pre-show and interval drinks available

This concert will highlight the super melodies and witty lyrics for which the legendary Cole Porter is famous.

Featuring over 20 soloists, 100 choir and full symphony orchestra this show is not to be missed
One weekend only
Tickets : www.adms.org.au or Carr’s New Xpress in the Mall

 

In Search of Cupid’s Fire: The risky risqué of Campion & Co.

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25 January 2015, Armidale Uniting Church

Mezzo-soprano Ruth Strutt presented a collection of Renaissance lute pieces by Dowland, Campion and Thomas that all share a common theme – wanton maids, shady groves and ‘close playing’! Accompanied by accomplished guitarist Steve Thorneycroft, Ruth provided an afternoon of beautiful music, and a Renaissance social education for those who listened carefully!