Each May Prairie Fire Theatre tours central Illinois schools performing an original children's opera written by local author Nancy Steele Brokaw. In 2019, we anticipate performing at over 50 schools and other venues to over 8,000 children and adults.
Using her amazing writing talent, Mrs. Brokaw develops a child-oriented story and then adapts the lyrics of classical arias by composers like Mozart and Gilbert and Sullivan to fit the story line. Each children's opera contains a message or theme, such as caring for the environment, being kind to others, putting yourself in someone else's shoes, and "different can be good". The performers engage the children throughout the performance the story by getting them to chant, cheer or boo the "bad guy".
Teachers are provided with a curriculum packet that includes activities and ideas for teaching the opera to a variety of age groups.

 

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Since 2003, we have produced 17 children's opera school tours, growing from performing at 10 schools in 2003 to over 50 in 2019.

  • 2020 - Save the Dragons!
  • 2019 - How to be a Superhero
  • 2018 - Baobob
  • 2017 - The Last Book on Earth
  • 2016 - There's a Martian in the Opera House!
  • 2015 - W.O.O.S.H! Web of Opera Super Heroes!
  • 2014 - Who Stole B-Flat?
  • 2013 - The Sky is Falling and I'm Not Even Kidding
  • 2012 - Tortoise and Hare's Big Race!
  • 2011 - Ugh the Duck
  • 2010 - Three Little Pigs
  • 2009 - Pinnochio
  • 2008 - Red's Day Off
  • 2007 - Billy Goats Gruff
  • 2006 - Jack and the Beanstalk
  • 2005 - Three Little Pigs
  • 2004 - Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing
  • 2003 - Red's Day Off