The second instalment of the lion opera was performed at the Penge Congregational Church, on 17 November. It was a lovely family performance, followed by drinks and cake. All the children performed beautifully, and it was a lovely evening. We are very fortunate that the composer, James Olsen, travelled down from Cambridgeshire to play the piano for the performance, with John Webber directing the choirs.
A big thank you to all the children, and all the volunteering parents who helped out with costumes, lighting, directing, baking and marketing. Without your help, these performances would not be possible.
Scroll down for the videos that James Olsen has published about the rehearsals for the Lion Opera, part 2.
Also, if anyone took pictures on the evening, we'd love to see them! Please email Kicki.
A few words from John:
James’s music grew on us and we loved his very personal sense of fun. I learned some Very Long Words from James’s script and I am sure that other people did, too! Thanks to him for his time and boundless energy.
On a clear and beautiful Wednesday evening in Penge, rehearsals are well under way for the sequel to last year’s hit production, One of Our Brothers is a Lion! by James Olsen. The sequel is called One of our Lions Is Missing!
This time, instead of bandits, the best friends Donkey and Lion encounter wild lions. There’s a kidnapping, and, of course, the best thing in the world (according to Lion): ham sandwiches. No opera is complete without ham sandwiches.
Don’t miss the one and only performance of this splendid production for all the family, this Saturday at 7 pm at the Penge Congregational Church.