Presented by Portland Opera ToGo & Hosted By Imagine Theatre
When: October 17th, 7pm
Where: Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Cost: Free For All!
Length: 50 Minutes, No Intermission, Talk-back afterwards.
Portland Opera To Go’s production of Beatrice is set in the years 1912 to approximately 1930. It contains historically accurate language which may be considered, at best, outdated, and, at worst, offensive. Specifically, the words “Negro” and “colored” are each used once within the context of the opera. One is spoken in the context of a newspaper headline and one in the context of an editorial which is an actual quote from one of Ms. Cannady’s editorials of the time.
We urge you to talk to your students/youth about this evolution of language and help to contextualize it for them by using the “What’s in a (Racial) Name” lesson plan by Dr. S. Renee Mitchell linked below. The lesson/resources are designed to be used BEFORE you see the show.
The year is 1912, and young Beatrice Morrow is a multi-talented scholar and opera singer, who has always longed to perform. Then she meets and falls in love with Edward Cannady, a community leader and young man who urges Beatrice to take on a new role with The Advocate the first African American newspaper in Oregon. Beatrice shares her expertise and her voice as a civil rights leader, community organizer, and editor—as she builds bridges and blazes trails in our Portland, Oregon history.
Commissioned for the Portland Opera to Go Program (POGO), Beatrice is a 50-minute youth opera inspired by the life and story of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, a prominent leader in Oregon’s cultural community and civil rights movement of the early 1900s. The piece has been written for middle school audiences, focused on fourth through ninth grades.
*Taken from the Portland Opera website.