Two GMUHS students to perform in OTW opera

The Opera Theatre of Weston announces that 31 students from all over southern Vermont – including two from Green Mountain Union High School – will be performing in the January 2013 OTW production “Noye’s Fludde” by Benjamin Britten. Four others are from Ludlow and Grafton schools.

The Opera Theatre of Weston will be performing Noye's Fludde in January.

Following auditions, 25 students were selected for the chorus. They are:
Leah Cunningham (Green Mountain Union High School); Morgan Brown (Ludlow Elementary); Adam Culver (Grafton Elementary); Mary Faenza and Aiyana Fortin (Black River Middle School) and Evangeline Bulik (Dorset Elementary); London Bremel and Natasha Fortin (Mount Holly Elementary); Katherine Bullock (Mill River Union High School); Angela Caggiano and Anna Freeburn (Fisher Elementary); Jack and Theresa Culpo (Castleton Village School/Castleton Elementary); ; ; Jenna D’Olivo and Bailey O’Donnell (Long Trail School); Michaela Eckler (Fair Haven Union High School); Noah and Toby Jakubowski (Rutland Town Elementary); Jack and Morgan Wallace (Rutland Intermediate); Molly and Olivia Murphy-Major, Ilsa and Greta Schaub (Mettawee Community School); and Anna Pace (Barstow Memorial).

Cast in the roles of the three Wives of Noye’s Sons: Katherine McNally (Green Mountain Union High School); Anjelica Caroll (Long Trail School) and Claire Mercier (Mount Saint Joseph). Cast in the roles of the three Sons of Noye: Brandon Bailey (Rutland Town Elementary), Matthew Eckler (Fair Haven Union High School), and Evan Saito (Florence, MA).
Cast as “Covers” for the three Wives are Katherine Bullock (Mill River Union High School), Jenna D’Olivo (Long Trail School) and Michaela Eckler (Fair Haven Union High School).
The three professional lead roles will be performed by Christopher Besch (Noah), Peggie Telscher (Mrs. Noah) and Steve Stettler (Voice of God).
Noye’s Fludde is a one-act opera based on a medieval miracle play relating the biblical story of Noah and the great flood. This opera will be part of the yearlong worldwide celebrations of Benjamin Britten’s centennial year.

Following the hugely successful OTW production in 2011 of The Magic Flute, the same artistic team of professional directors will reunite: Diana Stugger (stage director), Angela Gooch (musical director), Ashley Hensel-Browning of Chester (choreographer), Robina D’Arcy-Fox (costume designer) and David Lane (lighting designer/technical director). Graeme King will also join the crew as set boat builder.

In addition to seven special matinees for 2,700 local schoolchildren, public performances will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Paramount Theater in Rutland, and Saturday Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Weston Playhouse.
For more information, please contact Opera Theatre of Weston at 802-824-3821, e-mail or visit the Opera Theatre of Weston on the web.

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