Having fun: A new way to encourage multiple forms of literacy

The Travels of Babar in not only an engrossing performance work for young and old alike and at all levels of sophistication, its innovative design can also be useful in education — promoting multiple forms of literacy, at multiple grade levels

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Link to view the Berliner Philharmoniker’s program book for The Travels of Babar (in German) The Berliner Philharmoniker presented the original 8-musician version of the complete Travels of Babar in the full production

Link to view the National Symphony Orchestra’s program book for the new version for orchestra of Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants from The Travels of Babar at the John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

The full production of Raphael Mostel’s  Travels of Babar  was the one and only collaboration in history between the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the New York City Opera  This is the cover page of their 80-page Guide created for the collaboration of their education departments when they brought 8,000 students to performances of the full production (with the prior non-HD multimedia) as an introduction to music and to music-theater. Full guide  here    The Travels of Babar  was adopted into the repertory of the New York City Opera as one of the cycle of four annual productions that constituted their education program:  “Opera Is Elementary” . This innovative repertory/educational cycle  “Opera Is Elementary”  was created by Paul L King, the director of New York City Opera Education.  The Travels of Babar  was the only production of the 4-year cycle without singing, since  The Travels of Babar  uses only narration. The  “Opera Is Elementary”  program was cut short when the New York City Opera went out of business. Paul L King is currently (as of 2019) Executive Director/Office of Arts & Special Projects, Division of Teaching & Learning, New York City Department of Education  The Director of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, David Dik, interview with Raphael Mostel  here   David Dik currently advocates for the unusually productive usefulness of  The Travels of Babar  for education as  National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts of Learning

The full production of Raphael Mostel’s Travels of Babar was the one and only collaboration in history between the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the New York City Opera

This is the cover page of their 80-page Guide created for the collaboration of their education departments when they brought 8,000 students to performances of the full production (with the prior non-HD multimedia) as an introduction to music and to music-theater. Full guide here

The Travels of Babar was adopted into the repertory of the New York City Opera as one of the cycle of four annual productions that constituted their education program: “Opera Is Elementary” .This innovative repertory/educational cycle “Opera Is Elementary” was created by Paul L King, the director of New York City Opera Education. The Travels of Babar was the only production of the 4-year cycle without singing, since The Travels of Babar uses only narration. The “Opera Is Elementary” program was cut short when the New York City Opera went out of business. Paul L King is currently (as of 2019) Executive Director/Office of Arts & Special Projects, Division of Teaching & Learning, New York City Department of Education

The Director of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, David Dik, interview with Raphael Mostel here

David Dik currently advocates for the unusually productive usefulness of The Travels of Babar for education as National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts of Learning