Join the company in a series of four interactive livestreamed workshops as you prepare to watch Victorian Opera’s production of The Selfish Giant at Arts Centre Melbourne 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 livestreamed 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.
Performances: The Selfish Giant
Thursday 26 May 2022, 10:30am and 1:00pm
Friday 27 May 2022, 10:30am and 1:00pm*
See all of the elements from the workshops combine when you attend Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse Theatre in person to watch a performance live on stage.
*This performance is a Relaxed Performance and is ideal for audience members with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome and those sensitive to sensory variance. Find out more about our Relaxed Performances.
All four workshops are free with the purchase of tickets to Victorian Opera’s schools’ performance of The Selfish Giant.
Student tickets are $16 each with one complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 students booked. Any additional teacher tickets are $16 per teacher.
How do I book?
- Visit Arts Centre Melbourne’s Arts Learning Department to book tickets for you and your students to see The Selfish Giant.
- You will automatically be registered to receive the workshops when tickets are booked.
- You’ll receive an order confirmation that will let you opt in or out of accessing the workshops.
- If you opt in, 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