Join the company in a series of four interactive livestreamed workshops as you prepare to watch a livestreamed performance of Victorian Opera’s production, The Selfish Giant, at Showbiz Cinemas in Ballarat, in May 2022.
A grumpy Giant's garden is overtaken by Winter, Wind, Frost and Snow, to hilarious effect, after he bans the local children from playing in it. When a group of children find a way in, he quickly learns that only they will bring his garden back to life.
Based on Oscar Wilde's story of the same name, The Selfish Giant teaches the importance of generosity and kindness and how we often learn these lessons in the most unlikely circumstances.
Ideal for Primary School students in Years Foundation to 6.
Aligns with Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Learning Areas in:
- The Arts - Music, Drama and Visual Arts
Supported by a downloadable Education Resource with curriculum-aligned classroom activities tailored to each workshop (available mid-March 2022).
Presented by composer and conductor Simon Bruckard, all four workshops will be streamed live directly into your classroom on the dates listed below. All content is available on-demand for up to 6 months from the livestream date, giving you and your students three extra views.
Each workshop is easily accessed online using the unique log-in details sent to schools in the week before the first workshop begins.
Workshops run for approximately 30 minutes each and will include a variety of interactive activities.
Please note, workshop content is subject to change.
Workshop 1: What is opera?
Wednesday 4 May 2022, 10.30 am
Begin your journey into the world of opera and be serenaded by opera singers as they demonstrate a range of voice types unique to the art form.
Workshop 2: Directing a scene
Wednesday 11 May 2022, 10.30 am
Explore how Oscar Wilde's short story is transformed for the stage in the libretto and follow along as the director stages a scene with members of the cast.
Workshop 3: Creating the world of The Selfish Giant
Wednesday 18 May 2022, 10.30 am
The world of The Selfish Giant comes alive as we meet the set, costume and lighting designers and explore the designs that bring this production to life on stage.
Workshop 4: The orchestra
Wednesday 25 May 2022, 10.30 am
Join the orchestra in rehearsal as the production moves into the theatre. Meet the conductor and musicians and learn about the instruments they play.
Livestreamed Performance: The Selfish Giant
Friday 27 May 2022, 10.15 am
See all of the elements from the workshops combine when you watch the performance at Showbiz Cinemas in Ballarat.
Join the cast backstage prior to the performance and discover what happens moments before the curtain rises.
If you can't make the livestream performance at the cinema but would still like to register your students to participate in the program, please visit this page.
Program cost and venue information
The cost of the program is $5 per student with one complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Any additional teacher tickets are $5 each.
Schools that book will attend Showbiz Cinemas in Ballarat to watch the performance of The Selfish Giant, streamed lived from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse Theatre.
Address: 315 Glenelg Hwy, Smythes Creek VIC 3351
How do I book?
- Click on the 'Book Now' button below and follow the prompts to register your school to participate in the program.
- An order confirmation will be sent to your email address upon successfully completing the registration and an invoice for payment will follow shortly after.
- We’ll send you the log-in details to access the program in the week before the first workshop.
- Log on to Access All Areas of The Selfish Giant!
Victorian Opera acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program