Carnival of Chinese Opera Comes to Scranton

Mar 31, 2011

Area middle and high school students can learn about Chinese Opera through a free, interactive “carnival” offered by the world-renowned Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company at The University of Scranton.

The “Carnival of Chinese Opera” will include a demonstration lecture of the best of Chinese Opera, brief opera lessons on body movement, martial art and face painting, and video screenings of four essential roles that appear in the operas, as well as a contest with prizes.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 14, from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the DeNaples Center. The event is open students at area schools and colleges and members of the public, however reservations are required to attend. Contact Frani Mancuso, director of the conference and event services at The University of Scranton, at (570) 941-6200 to make a reservation.

The Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company is in Scranton as part of its four-city U.S. tour of “Bond,” an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” which will be performed on Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center. In addition to their performance in Scranton, their tour includes performance at the Shakespeare Association of America conference in Seattle, Wash.; at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

The tour is brought to you by the Asian Studies Program at the University of Scranton and has been made possible by generous grants from the Taiwanese government and the assistance from the Taipei Cultural Center of Taiwan Embassy (also known as Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, TECO) in New York. Additional support has been given by a Diversity Initiative Grant awarded by the Office of Equity and Diversity, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Provost’s Office, Student Affairs, Art and Music Program, Hope Horn Gallery, and the Office of Public Relations at The University of Scranton, the Scranton Hilton and Conference Center, Osaka Restaurant and other sponsors. WNEP is the media partner for the event.

Although offered free of charge, seating for the performance of “Bond” on April 15 is limited and reservations are required to attend. Call 570-941-4094 to reserve your tickets.

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