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Curtain Up! Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House

Curtain Up! Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House

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Illustrator: Lauren O’Hara 
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages 
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (2022) 
ISBN: 9780500652510 

It’s opening night of The Nutcracker and the performers of the Royal Opera house are busy getting ready to step out onto the stage. Meanwhile, Figaro — the opera house’s resident cat — is poised to take readers on a behind-the-scenes tour to meet the many people working to make the performance a resounding success! 

This tour takes readers from department to department, from the costume closet to the orchestra pit and the stage, to discover what’s involved in putting on a performance at the Royal Opera House. Featuring examples from key works of opera and ballet, highlights of the tour include trying on the Mad Hatter’s wig from Alice in Wonderland, practicing for a fighting scene from Romeo and Juliet, putting the finishing touches on the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tutu and creating explosions onstage. 

Part backstage museum tour, part astonishing ballet performance, this book combines real-life details with the magical atmosphere of the theater. Including an introduction to a classical orchestra, key ballet terms and basic stage directions, Curtain Up! encourages young readers to explore the many ways they can get involved. 

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