After witnessing last year’s world premiere of Laura’s Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord, my youngest daughter auditioned for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. This year she’s in the chorus, on stage with 200 kids, dancing and belting out the story of Canada’s iconic heroine.
This is definitely not your average kids’ school concert. The Canadian Children’s Opera Company is the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada. In the months leading up to the show, kids rehearse at least three days a week and take voice lessons.
Laura’s Cow is also not a standard opera. It’s an opera for kids, performed by kids. And the cow has a terrific aria.
Here are five reasons to check out this world-class production of Laura’s Cow:
1. It’s a great history lesson. Laura’s Cow is one of many commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Witness Laura Secord and her cow trekking through enemy-occupied territory to warn the British of an American attack. (There are three school performances on May 2 and 3.)
2. Support local talent and local music. In a city where music in the classroom is under siege, we can show that we care by supporting the arts.
3. The cost is unbeatable. For the price of a movie, get incredible entertainment. Did we mention it’s a local production by local talent?
4. Kids need live music! How often do we get opera that’s kid-friendly? Here’s a chance for kids to hum “Everybody sing… Moo, moo, moo,” instead of lyrics from a tasteless pop song.
5. The transformation of Harbourfront is amazing. Although traffic can be exasperating, it’s exciting to see what’s going on by the lake. Check it out and get a glimpse of the future.