EARTH TO KENZIE
A ONE-ACT CHILDREN'S OPERA FOR GRADES K–6
Music by Frances Pollock
Libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo
Co-commissioned by Seattle Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Kenzie is a fifth grader with a vivid imagination and a taste for adventure. But when her home is threatened, sending her to a family shelter with her mother, her world is thrown into a newfound state of uncertainty. Faced with unwelcome questions at school, Kenzie yearns to disappear into her favorite video game—a world where the possibilities are endless and her only concern is wrangling space-kittens—but her asthma reminds her that life isn’t all starships and spacesuits. To find her home, Kenzie first has to face her fears—and realize that she’s not alone after all.
This new one-act opera charms with innovative and approachable tunes, while the memorable characters showcase the story’s themes of empathy and finding strength despite adversity. The fully staged and costumed opera is performed with professional singers and live piano accompaniment. A study guide is provided in advance, and each performance is followed by a post-show discussion to deepen the audience’s engagement with the opera’s message and connect it to the housing crisis that affects our community.
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TOURING MARCH–MAY 2020
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Performance running time: 50 minutes; includes study guide and post-performance discussion.
$650 per performance, or $950 for two shows back-to-back.
Seattle Opera is committed to providing equitable access to the arts. Financial assistance is available.
Title I Schools are eligible to receive performances of Earth to Kenzie at no cost! Contact us for details.
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