The WVU Music Outreach Program, Opera-On-Wheels, and the Art Museum of WVU Present


A Puppet Opera!

Papagayo is a parrot and he spends his days soaring through the sky and playing in the jungle. His raucous cries disturb the sleeping night creatures; they don’t have any interest in Papagayo’s games. But when the ferocious Moon-Dog appears and, bite by bite, begins to devour the moon, the terrified night creatures are helpless. Only Papagayo knows how to save the moon and the night creatures learn that Papagayo is a good friend to have – even if he is a bit noisy!

Based on the book Papagayo by Gerald McDermott

WVU Opera-On-Wheels and the Art Museum of WVU invite schools to attend performances of Papagayo and to explore artworks in the Museum’s collection related to the themes of music and the environment. These programs are appropriate for students in grades K-3 and can accommodate up to 50 students per visit. This program is offered free of charge and includes:

  • A 30 minute performance of Papagayo in the Museum Education Center, performed with full set and puppets by undergraduate and graduate Vocal Performance Majors from the WVU School of Music.
  • A 30 minute tour of pieces in the Museum related to the musical’s themes. Students will get the chance to see the magical jungle landscapes in Mark Messersmith’s three-dimensional paintings and to think about the connections between music and visual art while looking at William Conger’s Ragtime and James Edward Davis’ Victrola.

The Papagayo performance dates for schools have been filled.

There is a performance on Saturday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. that is free and open to the public.