Cheeky Opera - June 2020

A children’s opera composed by Deborah Cheetham and Jess Hitchcock
Based on the book “Go home cheeky animals”
by Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley

Photo by Ferne Millen Photography 2019

Photo by Ferne Millen Photography 2019

Photo by Ferne Millen Photography 2019

Photo by Ferne Millen Photography 2019

Cheeky Opera - brought to you by the team who created the Dhungala Choral Connection Song Book!

Based on the award winning children’s book Go Home, Cheeky Animals by Alywarr artist Dion Beasley and children’s author Johanna Bell, this brand new resource will provide teachers and children with everything they need to stage their own opera. 

Music and lyrics by award winning composers Deborah Cheetham AO (Yorta Yorta) and Jess Hitchcock (Sabai & Torres Strait Island) this children’s opera is the perfect cross-curricular classroom resource for primary school teachers who wish to engage with Indigenous languages and culture.

Cheeky Opera is currently in development with the Dhungala Children’s Choir and is due for release mid 2020.

What’s in the kit?

  • Music and libretto (a fancy opera word for lyrics)

  • Easy to read song sheets for students

  • Piano arrangements by Toni Lalich OAM and Guitar chord charts included!

  • Easy to play instrumental parts for school bands

  • Performance quality backing tracks (for rehearsals and performance when no band is available)

  • Costume creation templates and fun arts and craft activities - created by Primary education arts specialist Zeena Tesoriero

  • A copy of the original book Go Home, Cheeky Animals

  • “How to” protocols guide for including local language in your production of Cheeky Opera

  • Suggested rehearsal schedule template (or you can use your own)

  • Access to a host of cross-curricular activities to engage your students

This fabulous resource will be available from mid 2020. To find out more or register your interest click below