It is with great pleasure that The American Conservatory of Paris presents their new Saturday Conservatory – Performing Arts program for children ages 7-11. This year we are producing the musical Hedgehog’s Home.
The Performing Arts program gives our students the once in a lifetime experience of working side-by-side with professional opera singers and musicians. The children are coached over nine sessions to learn their songs, solos, and create their props and costumes. They will learn about acting, performing on stage, singing, and all aspects of production.
The story itself has a beautiful message about caring for the place you call home, based on the children’s book – Hedgehog’s Home by Branko Copic written in thirteen rhyming stanzas.
We are very excited about this project as it truly is an excellent educational experience. We look forward to sharing this project with you.
Please meet Hedgemond the Hunter – a brave and stubborn little hedgehog. Down in the wild woods he proudly tends his beloved house, but some animals just can’t understand what the fuss is about: is home simply a place we should take for granted or is it something to be cherished and protected?
The story of how Hedgemond proves to the grumpy bear and the greedy boar that there is no place like home. Despite the persuasions of charming Miss Fox and the jeers of the angry wolf, Hedgemond steadfastly proves that his home is his castle, reminding us all that we each need to care for the place we live.
At the end of the day, Hedgehog’s Home is a story about caring for the place you call home, standing up to bullies and believing in the safety and beauty of the place you call home. Told through the universal language of music and poetry, this seemingly simple story holds an enduring and important message that we would all do well to remember.
Meet The Creative Team
Emily Leather – Music Director
Originally from Chester, England, Emily Leather is a repetiteur, musical director, composer, and arranger. She trained at The University of Leeds, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati. Her first full-length composition was the musical Gemini for Ocean Youth Theatre Company in Ascot in 2011. Emily’s church music and vocal arrangements, particularly those for the a cappella octet, EL8, are regularly performed throughout the UK. As a repetiteur, Emily has been on staff at Cincinnati Opera, Portland Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera Manhattan and London Lyric Opera. Emily was Music Director for Opera Up Close’s production of Don Giovanni at the Soho Theatre and La Bohème at the Charing Cross Theatre. She is repetiteur for the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Chorus and regularly runs workshops for Opera North and English Pocket Opera.
Andrew Miller – Creative Director & Designer
Andrew is an Australian designer, director, and producer and has over 16 years’ experience in theater in 3 continents.He is Artistic Director and Designer of Ocean Theatre Company and has designed their productions of Anything Goes and his award-winning set for Singin’ in the Rain. In 2008, he founded Ocean Youth Theatre Company and staged all their shows including Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma!, Chess, Our House, Gemini, Titanic, Beauty & the Beast and next year Les Misérables. As a freelancer, he has also designed for The Music is the Hero for the Charing Cross Theatre, Two Two, Handprints, Icarus’s Mother, Into The Woods, A Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Rhythm Club, Peter Pan, Gleefest and Guys & Dolls.
What the children are saying about their production
What was the best thing about the whole experience?
“ Performing in front of loads of people.”
“ Being able to work with professionals.”
“The best thing about working with the group was the acting because we had lots of fun and could show our personality.”
“ All of us working as a team performing.”
“ My best thing was the solo because it made me more confident to act or sing in front of two hundred people or more.”
“ I learned how not to be scared of performing in front of people, and I’m usually scared when I stand up in assembly, but now I’m not.”
“ How to work well with a group.”
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