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BEING BEETHOVEN

Produced by CDP Theatre Producers 

From Sydney, Australia

Watch with delight as two actor/musicians introduce families and young audiences to the life and work of Ludwig van Beethoven, in this fun new production from the same company that toured Meeting Mozart worldwide. 

 

Audiences will learn about Beethoven’s personal resilience and creativity, classical musical history including key women composers of the 1800s, and the themes behind some of Beethoven’s most famous music (Ode to Joy, his Symphony no 3, and many more), meeting all the instruments in the ensemble along the way!
 

This production requires collaboration with a local string quintet, which can be integrated into the performance in a rehearsal with the company that can coincide with the load-in. This is a perfect residency opportunity to engage high school, college, or local community musicians. The production can also work with local professionals with less advance rehearsal required.

This new production will premiere in Oct/November 2024 in Australia– and materials will be updated!

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About the Company

Best for: Grades K-5th 

Audience Size: Medium & Large  Venues

Trailer & Archival Full Length coming soon - in the meantime, please enjoy this trailer of MEETING MOZART!

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections
  • Performing Arts:  Music, theatre, song, dance, musicianship, opera

  • Fine Arts: Music, Opera, Composition, Conducting, Classical Instruments

  • Social Studies: Culture - European classical music and its influence on world music.

  • History: The life and times of Beethoven, Fashion in the 18th Century

  •  Emotional/community development: Instilling the joy of classical music in young people. Collaboration: String quintet parts suitable for local musicians of a professional or high standard provides an opportunity for deeper community engagement, collaboration and development opportunities. Creativity.

Outreach & Workshops

With advance notice, CDP may be able to offer drama based workshops in your venue for students or children. Please contact us if this is something you'd like to explore.

“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances

This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.

Outreach

Minimum Tech Requirements

  • Load In Time: approximately 3 hours (with pre-rig) and followed by a 1-2 hour Dress Rehearsal on stage.

  • Crew Needs: 2 Lighting, 1 Audio, and 1 stage crew for load in (roles could be combined if allowed by venue regulations); 1 Lighting, 1 Audio for show run. 

  • Min. Stage Size: 26ft width x 13ft deep with 3 ft wings each side.

  • Sound Needs: Mics and monitors for instruments and performers: 2 x wireless headset mics for actor/pianists and fixed mics for String Quintet. Monitors (flown or placed at feet of quintet / front of stage) for all performers.

  • Load Out Time: 1 hour

  • This production requires a local string quintet to perform alongside the two touring performers. This is a perfect residency opportunity to engage high school, college, or community orchestra musicians, who can be integrated into the performance in a rehearsal with the company that coincides with the load-in. The production can also work with local professionals with less advance rehearsal required. The local quintet will participate in 4-6 hours of company-led rehearsal, depending on level of musicianship: 2-3 hours of music rehearsal, a 1 hour rehearsal room run, and 1-2 hours of Dress Rehearsal on stage.  Final rehearsal schedule and hours to be mutually agreed upon prior to engagement.

Min Tech

Artistic Team

Artistic Team

Touring company will include 2 cast members and 1 crew, TBD.

Critical Acclaim

Critical Acclaim

Coming soon for BEING BEETHOVEN!

“An expertly woven performance filled with songs, dance and comedy, which captured the imaginations of children and grown ups alike… a charming and informative glimpse into the life, loves, and compositions of the one of the world’s most important musical influences” – Alphabet Street about MEETING MOZART.

Company Background

About

Past tours: The 13 Story Treehouse, Meeting Mozart

"A reliable and prolific source of high-quality children's theatre". - The Age (Australia)

CDP Theatre Producers is a boutique producer based in Sydney. The company is Australia’s largest producer of work for young audiences, creating award winning theatre of the highest quality. CDP adapts the world’s best children’s books for the stage for 0-12 year olds and their families, working with Australia’s highest calibre artists. The company tours more widely than any other theatre company across Australia, and are committed to producing work which engages, educates, inspires and challenges audiences, whilst remaining relevant and accessible.

 

Founded 25 years ago by Christine Dunstan and today led by Co-Directors Andrew Threlfall and Yolande White, CDP have more than 80 productions (including more than 35 for young audiences), seen by over five million people across 65 Australian and 18 international tours to the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UAE, The Netherlands, Belgium and China. CDP have two major International co-productions in Holland and the UK and  hve won multiple theatre awards.

 

Works in the repertoire include Magic Beach, Are We There Yet?, ‘The 13-Story Treehouse’ (and 4 other shows in the series), Mr. Stink, Billionaire Boy, as well as the Australian co-productions (with Tall Stories, UK) of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. CDP also co-produced 16 works for ‘The Sydney Opera House Babies Proms’ series, which includes ‘Meeting Mozart’.

For more information about CDP, please visit the company’s website.

Past Productions

Gallery of Past Productions

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