Brundibar: A Youth Opera

September 30, October 1 6, 7, 8* 13, 14, 15*

A Youth Conservatory Production
Sponsored by Steve & Lucinda Butler

 

The tale of a poor family whose children seek money to buy milk for their sick mother, only to have their quest thwarted by an evil organ grinder named Brundibar.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 PM . Matinees are at 2:00PM*.

Ticket prices are $16/Adults, Seniors, Military and $10/Students.

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The History of Brundibar

 

Brundibár was written in 1938 by Hans Krása with lyrics by Adolf Hoffmeister. It was originally developed as an entry into an opera competition and first performed in German occupied Prague.  Brundibár enjoyed one more performance before the beginning of the mass transports of Bohemian and Moravian Jews to Terezin in 1942. In 1943 the sheet music for Brundibár was smuggled into the camp, where Krása was able to rearrange it using the instrumentalists available. The Terezin premier was September 23, 1943 in a hall of the Magdeburg barracks.

 

 

This charming opera tells the story of two poor children trying to earn enough money to buy milk for their ailing mother. They sing for change in the village square but are drowned out by the evil, mustachioed Brundibár and his hurdy-gurdy. The children realize that alone they are easily over powered. To defeat their foe all the children of the village must work together. By working together they are triumphant. This empowering message was lost on the Nazis and they included a performance in the 1944 Red Cross visit.

 

 

Over the course of the war Brundibár was performed in Terezin approximately 55 times. The cast, made up of Jewish children in the camp, continually changed due to the actors dying of illness or being taken to other camps and killed.

 

 

Between November 1941 and April 1945, 140,000 Jews were deported to Terezin. Of these, 33,000 died there, and 88,000 were deported to the extermination camps. At the time of liberation 19,000 were still alive, or had been transferred to neutral countries. Only 3,000 of those Jews deported to the extermination camps survived. (numbers from deathcamps.orgHans Krása left Terezin for Auschwitz in 1944 and was killed upon arrival.

 

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