Pass­ing down to young gen­er­a­tions

Changjiang Weekly - - FOCUS -

In 2016, pri­mary and high schools in Wuhan be­gan to of­fer drama cour­ses. The event has made CCTV, Xin­hua News Agency, and other cen­tral me­dia out­lets' head­lines over the past year.

To date, the city has or­ga­nized a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties such as opera per­for­mances and lec­tures in pri­mary and high schools as well as col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. The Han Opera Sum­mer Camp and Par­ent-chil­dren Drama Sum­mer Camp or­ga­nized by the Wuhan Han Opera Theater, Wuhan Chu Opera Theater and oth­ers, in­vited the par­ents and chil­dren to go back­stage to ex­pe­ri­ence the world of drama pro­duc­tion and to try on cos­tumes.

Start­ing in Septem­ber 2016, pri­mary and high schools in the city in­tro­duced a reader's guide to tra­di­tional op­eras com­piled by the Wuhan Pub­lish­ing House. The book, the first of its kind in China, in­cludes stage pho­tos and car­toon the­atri­cal fig­ures, and fea­tures in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties. The read­ers can lis­ten to opera high­lights by scan­ning the QR codes in the book.

Ear­lier this year, an opera train­ing class for teach­ers was launched. The class aims to im­prove their artis­tic com­pe­tence re­lat­ing to tra­di­tonal aes­thetic ideas.

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