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Opera Australia is an opera company. For this project, we are creating a new opera for children, to be performed in schools. The opera is based on the story of the Three Billygoats Gruff, using the music from Carmen. It follows the story of the Billygoats and is set in Seville, Spain.
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We would like an illustration of a kid goat dressed in elements of either Flamenco or bullfighting costumes. The goat should look like it is singing. The purpose of the illustration is to persuade children aged 6-10 that they would like to see this show because it will be bright and funny. The illustration needs to be used on posters, so ideally it would have a plain, extendable background. The first priority is portrait use, but adaptable to landscape.
Here is the story: STORY It’s the day of the Fiesta de la Cabra (Festival of the Goat), which is held in a field outside of the city of Seville. Diego – a shy, off-beat but eager little ‘kid’ – is in his garden making garlands for the fiesta’s guests of honour: his older brother and sister, Ferdinand and Isabella. Talking to his plants as if they were close friends, he explains that it will be the first time he’s been to a fiesta and while he’s a little scared, he’s glad his brother and sister will be there to keep him safe. Enter two of Seville’s A-List party animals: Ferdinand, a painfully pompous aristocratic fop; and Isabella, a ridiculously vain wannbe starlet. As they primp and preen themselves in anticipation of their starring role, they are attended to by Diego, who cleverly comes up with several ingenious solutions to their sartorial problems. He is clearly excited by all the carry on, despite being bossed around by his overbearing siblings, who are plainly irritated by his nerdishness. Ferdinand and Isabella complete their outfits by donning the garlands made by Diego, declaring all the while what absolutely fabulous creatures they are. Diego disappears to get ready. When he returns in a bedazzled matador-inspired jumpsuit, Ferdinand and Isabella begin laughing derisively. They say the fiesta is a place for the bold and the beautiful, not an embarrassing oddball such as himself. They tell him they don’t want him cramping their celebrated style, especially in such a ridiculous outfit, and they instruct him to stay at home and talk to his plants. The ‘bully’ goats then leave, mocking poor little Diego as nothing but a stupid kid. Dejected and humiliated, Diego goes outside to tend his garden, which he waters with an ingenious contraption of his own making. As he talks to the plants, it becomes clear that he considers them his only friends, as his peers tend to avoid him because they think he’s weird. He confides to his favourite orange tree that he wishes there was some way he could fit in with the other goats and enjoy the fun of the fair. Suddenly, a gust of wind blows through the garden and one of the oranges falls off the tree, landing at Diego’s feet. He bends down to pick it up but it instead it floats up and hovers in the air. He tries to grab it but it floats away. He tries to grab it again, but again it floats away. A magical dance ensues until the orange floats right out of the garden. Diego wants to follow but remembers his siblings’ instructions and hesitates. However, curiosity eventually gets the better of him and he leaves his garden to follow the strange fruit. The orange eventually stops when it reaches the bridge into town. Diego approaches and retrieves it. As he looks longingly at the fiesta on the other side of the crossing, Ferdinand and Isabella appear. They rebuke him for leaving the house and order him to go back home before he embarrasses them in front of all the townsfolk. Rejected once again, he starts heading back. As Ferdinand and Isabella attempt to make the crossing, a hideous troll suddenly emerges from under the bridge. Channelling a camp mix of shock jock, talent quest judge and celebrity chef, he declares a grand obsession for ghoulish gastronomy such as cream of cockroach soup, worm-icelli salad, tart ta toad and…regurgitated goat curry. He finishes by explaining to the three siblings that the only way to the other side of the bridge is through his stomach. El Kid Proposal 3 Diego suggests they make a deal with the troll by offering him some produce from the garden. However, Ferdinand refuses, proclaiming that he will never negotiate with a troll. With an air of imperial pomposity, Ferdinand marches off to confront the ogre, convinced that his natural authority will prevail. However, the troll is not intimidated and is about to devour the bleating Ferdinand when the terrified goat persuades him that his sister, a seasoned performer, would make a much tastier meal. Enticed, the troll sends him back to dispatch his sister. On his return, Isabella mocks her cowardly brother and vows to win the day herself. But noting the troll is not easily intimidated, she decides to dazzle him with a wild flamenco, thereby allowing herself and Ferdinand to steal past the ogre’s blockade. But Isabella’s talent is no match for her conceit. She awkwardly hoofs it up the bridge and attempts to seduce the troll with a series of utterly graceless manoeuvres. In short, it’s a totally hilarious train wreck. Unimpressed by her clumsy effort, the troll draws her into his clutches and is about to eat her when the terrified goat convinces him that her sweet and tender little brother would better suit his gourmet palate. Salivating, the troll sends her back to dispatch Diego. Ferdinand and Isabella disparage each other over their failure and proclaim they are crushed by this cruel twist of fate (or fete!) and for a moment they even consider sacrificing Diego so they can get to their party, but eventually they resign themselves to missing their turn in the limelight. However, the word ‘crush’ sparks an idea in Diego’s clever little brain. He quietly boasts that he has a plan to get them across the bridge. The two older goats scoff at the suggestion and ridicule their younger brother’s childish impudence However, Diego recognises this as his date with destiny, and so he shrugs off their derision and sets out to confront the troll. Still with one eye on their prize, Ferdinand and Isabella make only a half-hearted effort to stop him, reminding him that he’s nothing but a stupid kid. As he approaches the bridge, he is mocked and bullied by the leering ogre. But in the face of cruel taunts and sharp claws, brave little Diego boldly advances. Mustering up all the courage in his little heart, he lays down his kid glove and challenges the troll to a duel. Roaring with laughter, the troll inquires how a scrawny little kid could possibly overcome a mighty monster. Unnerved, Diego proclaims that he has the strength of a hundred goats and will prove it by squeezing water from a stone. He bends down and picks up a large pebble. But as he rises to prove his boast, he secretly replaces the stone with the orange. Hidden in his fist, Diego holds up the orange and crushes it until a stream of liquid flows from his hand. The astonished troll falls for the deception. Not to be outdone, he picks up a stone and attempts to do the same, but despite his frenzied efforts, he cannot match the billygoat’s bluff. Seizing the moment, Diego fearlessly proclaims that he is mightier than the troll and with all the bravado of a prize fighter, he stamps his hoof and prepares to attack. The troll offers up a nervous protest as Diego lowers his head and charges. As the young goat hurtles towards him in a whirling flamenco, the terrified troll, overwhelmed with panic, leaps off the bridge and scurries away into the shadows. Having won the day, Diego strides triumphantly across the bridge, followed by the incredulous Ferdinand and Isabella. In sheepish tones, they ask him how he became so brave and strong. He jokes that orange juice is the breakfast of champions and he shows them his trick. They applaud his cleverness and courage, apologise for excluding him and invite Diego to be the guest of honour at the fiesta. Diego accepts, but before proceeding to the fair, he takes the seeds from the orange and promises to plant them in his garden, noting that even the smallest things have the potential to blossom into something fabulous. With the troll watching on in bitter defeat, Ferdinand and Isabella place their garlands around Diego’s neck and proclaim him King of the Kids.
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