With students back in classrooms and Minnesota’s COVID cases on the rise, Lyric Opera of the North has had a lot to consider in regards to our annual Little LOON production. Following the advice of medical experts, and with feedback from teachers and administrators, we have decided that an in-person tour would not be a wise choice during this school year. We take the reality of the ongoing pandemic seriously, and cannot pursue in-person performances that require large indoor gatherings of unvaccinated children.
Fortunately, we have a plan to keep students involved with opera this school year.
We have TWO Little LOON videos for our K-6th grade audiences this year:
1. Starting immediately, we will share (or re-share with those who want to see it again) the video we released last May: Little LOON and Friends. This 18-minute video is overflowing with beautiful singing and heartfelt moments, with plenty of learning opportunities and silliness sprinkled in. Supplemental teaching materials for this video include sheet music for the singalongs, a word search, and a gorgeous seek and find created by scenic designer Ann Gumpper. Last year’s Little LOON and Friends video and supplemental teaching materials are free, and are available by request.
2. Then: available on February 1, LOON will premiere a brand new Little LOON video! Participating schools will receive access to the video, which can be viewed whenever and however many times needed, along with supporting teaching materials. This video will require a small fee.
After nearly two years of producing online content, LOON is proud of the work we’ve done to stay connected with our patrons of all ages. We know you’ll understand that it isn’t sustainable for LOON to create and give away these productions for free, so we hope you’ll participate at deeply discounted rates until we resume pre-Covid touring prices ($750 for a performance in your school gym). The fee to access the NEW video production is $100.
We can’t wait to bring real, live, professional opera to students in school gyms again – until then, do keep in touch, and we’ll “see” you soon via these Little LOON videos!