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“Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World” offers important lessons for kids

Show will tour Washington schools; two public performances June 25

Throughout March, the Seattle Opera’s School Opera Tour program will tour 50 schools across Washington State with a production of “Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World. Based on the highly-acclaimed book by author and illustrator Laurence Anholt, the production is delightful family-friendly tale that offers children insights about art, bravery and the power of friendship.

An introduction to Kahlo

The opera follows Marianna, a young girl who lives in Mexico City. Mariann’a home is filled with the breathtaking, evocative and often playful artwork by Frida Kahlo whose many portraits, self-portraits and other paintings. Kahlo’s artwork was inspired by nature, artifacts of Mexico and the pop culture of her country in the first half of the 20th century while exploring questions of identity, gender, class and race in Mexican society. The show is a great first introduction to Kahlo —Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón — who was born in 1907.

Overcoming fear

Marianna is encouraged by her family to visit Kahlo and have her portrait painted the renowned artist. But she is scared to go. That’s because Marianna has heard rumors: gossip has it the artist  is a witch and that keeps human skeleton bones in her bedroom. Still, she musters up her courage and goes to Kahlo. As the artist begins to paint Marianna in her studio, all of the girl’s fears quickly dissipate, replaced by the buds of friendship. Marianna meets the artist Diego Rivera, Kahlo’s husband, and she hears the story of a terrible accident that changed Kahlo’s life.  In the magical world of of opera, Kahlo’s animals — dog, parrot and monkey — all join in the singing.

“Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World” offer two important lessons: It reminds children that art can happen anywhere and how important it is to be brave even when you feel scared. The production is appropriate for all ages, especially families with children.

Public performances

Two public performances will take place June 25 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Tagney Jones Hall at  The Opera Center. Tickets for youth age 18 and under are $5; Adults are $15.

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About the Author

Cheryl Murfin

Cheryl Murfin is managing editor at Seattle's Child. She is also a certified doula, lactation educator for NestingInstinctsSeattle.com and a certified AWA writing workshop facilitator at Compasswriters.com.