The Enchanted Forest

July 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am


Saturday July 13, 2019

Saturday July 20, 2019
(Sensory Friendly Performance)

Saturday July 27, 2019


$10 for adults and $5 for children

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Hilda Willis Room
Winchester Thurston Upper School
555 Morewood Ave
Pittsburgh PA 15213
(Entrance on the corner of Bayard and Morewood Ave. Follow the signs. The entrance is handicap accessible.)

Join us for a fun, family-friendly performance of this charming children’s opera, adapted by Anna Young with music by Arthur Sullivan, Georges Bizet, and W.A. Mozart.

This contemporary twist on the classic fairy tale runs just 40 minutes long, making it an ideal introduction to opera for the whole family. Stay after the show for fun activities and pictures with the cast.

July 20th’s sensory friendly performance will feature less stage lighting and lower sound levels. We invite families to bring familiar, comforting objects to the performance and to feel free to move around the theater as necessary.


Sung in English.

Running time: 40 minutes with no intermission.

Production Credits

A. Sullivan, Bizet, and W.A. Mozart

Libretto and Creator
Anna Steenerson Young

Stage Director
Seamus Ricci

Music Director
Anqwenique Kinsel

Agnieszka Sornek

Costume and Set Designer
Elizabeth Rishel

Lighting Designer

Stage Managers


Caryn Crozier

Shaqui Scott

Mezzo Soprano
Alicia Jayourba

Hayden Keefer

The Story

We start our journey as the lead (chosen by the audience) and his/her best friend, Bumble, begin to search the enchanted forest for the fire-breathing dragon. Bumble and the lead notice dragon tracks leading them deep into the forest. Soon after, we are introduced to another character who seems to have a secret. (You’ll have to wait for your show to find out what exactly it is!)

The new character has a sudden crush on the lead and is very happy to join the other two in search of the dragon. Of course, there are twists and turns which eventually lead the cast directly to the dragon! They must find a way to fight off danger, save the forest, and face their fears.

The nature of a choose-your-own-adventure is to leave some of the story up to chance. That means, we can’t give everything away in our synopsis. However, before your performance, try to guess what you think might happen. Will the dragon be stopped? What is the secret our mysterious character is keeping? How in the world do you fight a dragon in an enchanted forest? Use your imagination to answer these questions and see if you were right!

Synopsis from Nashville Opera

Meet the creator

Anna Steenerson Young

Accepted the position of Director of Education and Outreach for Nashville Opera in 2015 and runs the prestigious Mary Ragland Emerging Artist Program.

Bear Hug/Abrazo de oso! is Anna’s second piece to be produced by Nashville Opera. The Enchanted Forest (a choose-your-own-adventure opera) marked her first creation for the education tour which brings the magic of opera and live performance to more than 22,000 children and families in Middle Tennessee each year.

She has served as an adjudicator for the Orpheus Vocal Competition since 2017. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Director of Opera for the College of Charleston, a position she held following a successful career as a singer with opera companies across the United States.

She was honored to create the role of ‘Emily’ in the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s opera Our Town for which she received glowing reviews in the National and International press, including The New York Times. She earned a Master of Music degree on full scholarship from the prestigious Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, and her Bachelor’s degree from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.