Opera is Awesome by Linda Suda

This Play is the copyright of the Author and must NOT be Performed without the Author's PRIOR consent

SINGER/TEACHER: Welcome parents, students and friends to an evening that we think will
be full of fun. I have selected some lovely examples of grand opera which I will sing
for you this evening. My lecture, which accompanies these arias is entitled, “Opera,
Not So Grand After All” because it is for everyone. Now, let us begin. The vocal apparatus
is one consisting of four major parts. . .

CHILD ONE: (interrupting) No! No! No! The opera I know is fun, not boring!

CHILD TWO: Opera is Awesome!

SINGER/ TEACHER: Awesome? I don't think I've ever heard that
word to describe opera. I'm not sure I understand.

CHILD THREE: We happen to have an opera planned. We'd be happy to show you.

CHILD FOUR: Wait. To open the show we've selected a very special person.

ANNOUNCER: Le signore e gentiluomini; ladies and gentlemen. Esso è
con più profondo orgoglio and great pleasure that we welcome you
tonight. E adesso, noi invitare you to relax. Per favore take a seat
as the students of _______________ proudly present OPERA IS AWESOME!

(Enter entire cast)


CHILD FIVE: You see, __________, we told you. Opera is awesome!

CHILD SIX: All you have to do is communicate with the audience and
you'll have them eating right out of your hand. Non c'è problema!

(All performers exit and Soldiers for "CARMEN PIECE" enter)


(At the end of the piece, all Soldiers exit; Performers for the
segment "Donahue Diaphragm" enter)

SINGER/ TEACHER: What a wonderful way to introduce us to the world of
opera! But can you enlighten us as to what happens when a singer sings?

CHILD ONE: Sure! But we're not going to drive the audience crazy
with a lot of boring stuff- no offense.

CHILD TWO: Yeah, we've got a "visual aide".


CHILD THREE: Not only is he important to a singer, but he's a real

CHILD ONE: Lei puo repetere, per favore?

CHILD THREE: No, I'm just making an observation.

DONAHUE: That's right! Hello! Let me put my weights down for a
minute. My name is Donahue Diaphragm; better known as the most
important muscle of the actuator group for singing.

SINGER/ TEACHER: But how do we know when we're using you, Donahue?

DONAHUE: That's easy. The next time you go to bed, put your hand
just below your rib cage. As you breathe deeply you will feel your
diaphragm's movement. It is very different from clavicular breathing
that you use during the day.

SINGER/ TEACHER: It seems to me that when you sing you must remember
to breathe deeply despite any case of "The Nerves." You seem to
me to be fickle. Sometimes whenever I need you the most, you're
just not there!


SINGER/ TEACHER: Well, that just proves my point. A singer has to be
consistent with his or her breathing.

CHILD ONE: If you think that's something, you should see the way he
makes them sweat when their posture's not correct!

CHILD TWO: Why, they get so frustrated that they want to give up!

(Enter Director, Maestro Specklebird, with great flourish)

DIRECTOR: Give up? Give up? Why would you do that when one of the
greatest directors the world has ever seen has chosen this gala to
bless with his awesome presence!

DONAHUE: Now just a minute!

DIRECTOR: Please, I have no time for amateurs! You, singer, up on
stage! You sing, I direct. We will challenge this "posture
thing" and win! I can accomplish anything!

DONAHUE: I accept the posture challenge - let us begin!

DIRECTOR: You, singer, begin - I am inspired!


Enter Blondes with great bombasity)

BLONDE ONE: We waited and waited and we just couldn't stand it no
more. We must'a lost you when you set off the security alarm at the
airport checkpoint.

BLONDE TWO: You know we're your biggest fans! How come you ran
away like that?

BLONDE THREE: Yeah, you're actin' like you don't like us.

TEACHER/ SINGER: Excuse me, Mr. Specklebird, but rumor has it that
the _________ theatre is looking for a new director and. . .

(Blondes and the Director exit quickly)

(Vic and Vinnie plus tough guys enter)

VIC: Scusi , but we should like to make your acquaintance. Lei come
si chiama?

(Vinnie interrupts)

VINNIE: To be sure. My illustrious companion and I are known as the
dynamic duo of Vic and Vinnie Vocal Cords.


VIC: We do not wish to be rude but . . .

("Dolls" enter, interrupting Vic)

DOLL ONE: You should not hang around with unsavory characters like
that Donahue Diaphragm.

VINNIE: (looking at someone in the audience) Nice material! (to
another) Hey whatta you lookin' at?

DOLL TWO: Hiya Vic. Looks like you got a little more work to do on
your friend Vinnie there in the manners department.

DOLL THREE: Yeah, you gotta learn to control your temper. Any person
with class knows that.

TOUGH GUY ONE: So then, what's your excuse?

TOUGH GUY TWO: Hey, lay off the guy. He's here to do a very
important public service.

VIC: Let's move on to more important matters. The boss says
you're lookin' for the most classy part of 'da voice. Well you
got no cords, no voice, capice?


DOLL FOUR: He means to say that they're da caviar,

DOLL FIVE: . . . da champagne of 'dem all. In fact, they're
like 'dat joker from that operetta about a bat. . . you know, that
uppity Russian Prince.

TEACHER/ SINGER: Prince Orlofsky?

VIC AND VINNIE: 'Dat's it!!

SONG- Chacun a son goût DIE FLEDERMAUS

(They exit. "Rosie" enters)

ROSIE: Your attention please, Ladies and Gentlemen! I have arrived
so therefore the show may begin. I am Rosie the Resonator, the most
important part of the singer's apparatus. Those "people" who
just left are nothing compared to "moi". Let me introduce you to
the "total sum of my parts".

(Enter the rest of the resonating parts - as cheerleaders or acrobats
- they will form a line.)

NEDDA: I am Nedda Nasal Cavity- I amplify sound.

PHYLLIS: I am Phyllis Pharynx- I amplify sound.

MARTHA: I am Martha Mouth- I also amplify sound.

(All performers cheer with physical movement)

MARTHA: Ready, go!

NEDDA: Give me an R!

PHYLLIS: Give me an O!

MARTHA: Give me an S!

NEDDA: Give me an I!

PHYLLIS: Give me an E!

ROSIE: What've you got?

ALL: Rosie the Resonator, Yeah!!

TEACHER/ SINGER: As you can see, Rosie is very taken with herself.
However, without her and her cohorts, we, as singers could not amplify
our sound.

[End of Extract]

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