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Classical Kids

Classical Kids

Plot Synopsis
Mozart’s young son, Karl, longs to be taken from his boarding school to spend more time with his famous father. His wish is fulfilled when Wolfgang Amadeus takes him to a performance of the Magic Flute. This true father-son event gives Karl a chance to understand Mozart’s extraordinary life as a travelling prodigy, his pressures from family and fame, his passion for composing and the common bonds they both share. In the end, the son realizes that he is well loved and that, although his father will die an early death just two months later, he will always have him by his side through his timeless music.

Watch this story come to life as Karl and his father relive young Wolfgang’s meeting of the Queen of England and the Pope in Rome. From the Sistine Chapel to Carnivale there is much to learn about the young prodigy’s extraordinary life. But that’s not all! Discover the great master’s passion for composing as they embark on a magic journey into the world of The Magic Flute. Follow the Prince and Papageno as they try to rescue Princess Pamina from the Queen of the Night in Sarastro's enchanted castle.

Production Notes
Based on the highly acclaimed and award-winning Classical Kids recordings of Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage and Mozart’s Magic Fantasy, this theatrical symphony concert is an imaginative way to introduce young audiences and their families to the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a live performance venue. Audiences will enjoy recognizable themes from Mozart’s operas The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, popular excerpts from The Magic Flute, and some of his most important and engaging works such as Ave Verum, Symphony No. 1, Clarinet Quintet and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

Classical Kids LIVE! is produced by Classical Kids Music Education, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering classical music education. In combination with the Classical Kids Teaching Edition, Classical Kids LIVE! serves as one of the worlds best educational outreach and community engagement programs contributing to the long-term health of classical music. Having received more awards and honors than any other entity of its kind, Classical Kids is proud to say, “We’re making a difference! (www.ckme.org)

Artist Biographies

Paul Pement, Director & Producer
Paul serves as Executive & Artistic Director of Classical Kids Music Education, a non-profit arts organization focused on introducing children (and their parents) to the lives and musical masterpieces of the great classical composers. A BFA in theatre from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and professional experience as an actor, singer, dancer, director, choreo-grapher and stage manager have enabled Paul to achieve success with Classical Kids LIVE! programming - the “gold-star” leader in the field for creating theatrical family concerts presented by professional symphony orchestras throughout North America and abroad. Production titles include Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage, Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery, Tchaikovsky Discovers America and the brand new, Gershwin’s Magic Key - the first-ever symphony concert production that introduces new generations to the extraordinary legacy of the great American composer, George Gershwin.

Susan Hammond, Series Creator
Susan has created a whole new generation of classical music fans through her innovative and award-winning Classical Kids recordings. She is the executive producer of a 16 title series of children’s classical music recordings known collectively as Classical Kids, selling to date nearly 5 million CDs, DVDs and books worldwide, and earning over 100 prestigious awards and honors. Each story entails its own adventure featuring a unique combination of music, history, and theatricality to engage the imaginations of children. Susan holds the philosophy that, “Where the heart goes, the mind will follow.” An accomplished concert pianist and music teacher, Hammond searched for recordings about classical music to share with her young daughters. One day, she sat reading to her girls with a classical music radio station on in the background and noticed how they responded to the literature in a different way when enhanced by music. The rest, as they say, is history. Susan is the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s International Achievement Award and resides with her husband in Toronto where she is a member of the Order of Canada for her contribution to the arts.

Douglas Cowling, Playwright / Music Editor
Douglas is a writer, musician and educator with a lifelong interest in bringing classical music to wider audiences. He is the writer of five Classical Kids audio productions: Mozart's Magic Fantasy, Tchaikovsky Discovers America, Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery, Hallelujah Handel! ‑ and the new Mozart's Magnificent Voyage.  He was also associate producer on Daydreams and Lullabies and serves as the principle writer /music editor for the Classical Kids Live! theatrical symphony concert series.

Elic Bramlett – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Elic joined Classical Kids during the 2005-06 season and has toured the US, Canada and Malaysia playing Mozart as well as George Gershwin in Classical Kids’ newest production. A native of Phoenix, AZ, he now makes his home in the suburbs of Chicago. Stage credits include: The Music Man at Marriott Lincolnshire, Stage Kiss and The Boys are Coming Home at The Goodman; Western Civilization at Noble Fool; Teapot Scandals, Elegies, Sweeney Todd, Macabaret, Hereafter, and Three Sisters at Porchlight; The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Charlotte's Web, and Cinderella at Drury Lane; The Bomb-itty of Errors at The Royal George; and Saturday Night with Pegasus Players. In Forever Plaid, Elic has played the roles of Jinx, Frankie, and Sparky at several theatres  including Chicago's original Royal George production. Elic also makes his living as a TV/Film actor, voice over talent, and as a director, producer, and teacher in the Chicagoland area. He would like to dedicate this performance to his loving and supportive wife Carrie Beth, and their beautiful children, Pearle and Theodore.

Lance Newton – Karl Thomas Mozart
Lance feels truly honored to be part of Classical Kids. He is featured in Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage as well as their newest production, Gershwin's Magic Key. A native of Las Vegas, NV, Lance has been residing in Chicago, IL where he has worked with many theaters including, Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Adults and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Some Chicago credits include: Animal Farm (Steppenwolf Theatre); Othello Remix (Chicago Shakespeare Company); Marvin Gaye Story (Black Ensemble Theatre); Southbridge (Chicago Dramatists); Six Stories Tall (Adventure Stage); and Princess and the Pea (Chicago Kids Company). TV credits: NBC's- Chicago Fire and USA's- Sirens. Lance is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA and received his BFA from Viterbo University in La Crosse WI. He thanks his friends and family for their support and his girlfriend for her faith and loving friendship.

Classical Kids Music Education, NFP
Classical Kids Music Education, NFP was formed for charitable and educational purposes to build pathways for progression in music so that all young people, whatever their background or abilities, have access to the rich and diverse range of influence classical music offers. Reduced funding to the arts has diminished the ability of many symphony orchestras to provide high-quality educational and family programs like the one you are seeing today. It is imperative that more organizations are able to reach students and families through excellent music education programs in a time when affordable and worthy programming is lacking. Classical Kids Music Education, NFP was created to “bridge the gap” by securing funding for high-caliber projects and, together with individual donor support, help to bring music education into the 21st century by creating more opportunities for young people to be exposed to their interest and develop their talents to the fullest. Please visit www.ckme.org to learn more about how you can help.

Actors’ Equity Association
Actors and Stage Managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 45,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.


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