4:15 PM Professional Artists
7:15 PM New Opera Debut
Sept. 24th, 2016
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Ms. Jiao 202-360-9249
Ms. Xiao 240-330-5657
Ms. Shen 301-792-8881
The 25th anniversary performance to be held on Sept. 24th, 2016. We will present Chinese opera shows that have been created and played by us in the past. The repertoire of the performance will include Farewell My Concubine, The Monkey King, Bie Gong Ji Jiang, as well as other pieces performed by the students of our institute.
In addition, we will bring a collection of episodes adapted from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Merry Wives of Windsor on Sept 24h, 2016. The show will be divided into three sections each of which represents one of three Chinese opera forms - traditional, modern and a mixed of both.
This performance is made possible by the funding support from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Monkey King and the Red Boy
The Monkey King has been serving children in Washington DC Metropolitan area for over 20 years. We will take the performance to your home, school or organization by appointment.
In addition to Chinese opera education to youth, we also provide on-going classes to adults and seniors at CCACC (Chinese Culture and Community Service Center) in 2016.
Education is one of the Institute's primary goals. One of the primary ways we carry out this goal is through performances, lecture demonstrations, and workshops that assist teachers in integrating Chinese performing arts lessons into the curriculum. Our customized, interactive programs are designed to take children from pre-performance preparations to on-stage action.
Since 1996, the Institute's performers have visited 150 local area schools, introducing 60,000 school children to the Chinese traditional performing arts.
Our weekly group lessons take place each Sunday at Winston Churchill High School at 11300 Gainsborough Road Potomac, MD.
"The highlight of our whole study on China! We cannot recommend it too highly."
- Clare Turner The Hill School, Middleburg, VA
WCSCOI's educational workshops give schoolchildren a glimpse into the world of Chinese opera. Since 1996, WCSCOI has visited over 200 local schools, introducing more than 100,000 school children to the Chinese traditional performing arts.
The Institute's entertaining and educational workshops are wonderful way to introduce children and adults to the rich culture and history of China. Workshops can be tailored or geared for a certain age group or specific schools need. They range from 30 minutes to one hour and include a period of interaction with the actors involved in the opera. The show-and-tell portion gives the audience an up close look at the face painting and facial movements as well as the elaborate costumes and martial arts that that are critical to Chinese Opera arts. As one of the favorite shows to many children in the area, we have performed Monkdy King and the Red Boy during the school workshops for the past 20 years. This program will continue to be our signiture show for years to come.
"The performances and demonstrations were absolutely intriguing! The audience was fascinated by the make-up colors, costumes, acrobatics and singing. What a delightful introduction to Peking Opera!"
- Monica Jeffries Strathmore Hall Arts Center
Please Contact Us for more information on how to set up a workshop in your school.
The Institute offer intensive summer workshops that provide a unique opportunity for children of all backgrounds to enter into the world of Chinese opera and experience the sheer joy of performing.
With its combination of exotic costuming, enthralling music, and exhilarating acrobatics Chinese opera captures the hearts of children. Self-confidence, physical fitness, and deeper understanding of Chinese culture are just a few of the benefits students take away from the summer classes.
Many of our students have gone on to pursue arts-related careers in college. But what students remember most is the fun!
"They teach students how to speak, sing, fight and move in full costume. The result is a strong sense of identity and pride."
- Dr. Terence Liu National Endowment for the Arts