Wonderland Workshops

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is Opera Holland Park’s first original commission and its second family orientated show. The production is based on Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy novel of the same name. Using a mix of musical styles – including jazz and blues alongside more lyrical classical music – the story plays out with bags of humour, big bold characters and a young heroine on a brave mission to help her new friend.

This workshop has been developed to provide year 5 pupils with a mechanism to enhance their music and drama curriculum in a vibrant, engaging and interactive way whilst introducing pupils to opera and a great literary classic. Participants should expect to sing, act and let their imaginations run wild.

The format of the workshops aims to:

  • Reveal – awake imaginations to a fantastical story.
  • Have emotional punch – contain great storytelling which connects with children.
  • Be about sharing and experiencing – pupils should join in actively, not be passively watching.
  • Provide heroes – give them characters and characteristics participants can aspire to such as bravery and humour.

Aliyah, age 10: “my favourite character was the knight because he has a tiny horse… my favourite part was acting out with the clothes”.

Charlotte, age 10: “I like the white rabbit because he is so funny and has loads of unique actions”

Andro, age 9: “I think that the event was really fun and the singing was fantastic. I liked all the activities because they included everybody”.

JV, age 10: “my favourite character was the Queen because she can’t speak she’s Grumpy”

Natalia, age 10: “It was fun and nice to watch and I loved the loud and quiet music”.

Exekiel, age 9: “My favourite was the Mad hatter because he’s funny and totally bonkers”.

…thank you both again so much for the workshop you delivered yesterday, we all thought it was great. You had a wonderful balance of performance and pupil interaction.  The children were taught about different musical styles in a very interactive way.  They were also actively involved throughout the entire afternoon, which ensured they remained on task…they all had such a great afternoon that no-one complained (a rare thing for my class!!).
Teacher, St Stephens Primary School – H&F

…the children were over the moon after the workshop, full of thanks and inspiration.
Teacher, St Mary Abbotts Primary School – RBKC

…Thanks again for the wonderful workshop.
Teacher, Servite Primary – RBKC

Many thanks for organising such a wonderful workshop. The kids loved it!
Teacher, Manor Primary School – Newham

Thank you so much for Friday. The children LOVED it and I had such positive feedback. We are looking forward to working with Opera Holland Park in the new academic year, thank you!
Deputy Head Mistress, St Cuthbert’s Primary School – RBKC

If you are interested in a Wonderland workshop coming to your school, please contact production@operahollandpark.com or call 0207 361 2916