Curricula covered: Music, History, and Dramatic Arts. Roll over Rossini! Inventive musical comedian, Al Simmons, has translated and condensed your opera to a 45-minute comical look at love, greed, deceit, and close shaves. All we get are the bald facts. It appears that Rosina is in love with the Count who is pretending to be someone else; Figaro, the jack-of-all-trades town barber, is having a bad hair day . . . and Al Simmons is the entire cast! Al uses the humor in Rossini's Barber of Seville to teach students the history of opera, as well as how to reproduce specific pitches, tempos and beats through a variety of styles of songs and call-and response activities. They will also learn audience etiquette, and how to enhance music using appropriate vocal and rhythmic responses (high, low, soft, loud, fast, slow, and silent). This performance demonstrates the art of storytelling through music, acting, puppetry and body language.
Al Simmons is a creative genius whose charm and humanity have won over a legion of fans at theatres and festivals around the world. His highly original performances of profound wackiness and array of off-the-wall inventions take the arts of Music and Comedy to unparalleled heights of hilarity. He has been an entertainer and educator since 1970. In his school shows, Juno Award-winner Al Simmons uses his talents as an Inventive Musical Comedian to broaden students' appreciation and understanding of a wide variety of music.