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Kent State School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance Collaborate for Opera Scenes

Posted Oct. 26, 2010

The Kent State University Opera Workshop will present its fall Opera Scenes production Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wright-Curtis Theatre on the Kent campus.

The production will feature seven, fully-staged scenes including, Duetto buffo di due gatti, Orfeo ed Euridice, The Mikado, Cosi fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, The Pirates of Penzance and Into the Woods. Seventeen Kent State students make up the cast. Out of those 17, four are musical theatre majors and the remaining are music majors. Opera Scenes will also feature guest artist, Brian Johnson, an operatic baritone and well-known performer in the Kent area.

Kerry Glann, opera director at Kent State, said the students performing in the show are part of a two-credit hour opera course.

"Students in the course have to audition to be placed in the course, so this does make the course rather selective," Glann said.

To prepare for the show students rehearse eight and a half hours during their regular class time as well as extra time out of the classroom.

"We do have to rehearse outside of the classroom for technical rehearsals, but we break those rehearsals down by scenes to accommodate student schedules."

This production also allows for collaboration with the Kent State School of Theatre and Dance. Students from the Theatre and Dance program supply the show with costumes, lighting and stage props.

Glann is the director of the musical operations for the show and Fenlon Lamb is the stage director.

"There are two key players in directing the performance. I couldn't do the show without the help of Fenlon," Glann said.

Glann holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in choral conducting from Kent State University. Along with being Opera Director at Kent State, he conducts the Kent State Women's chorus and Ars Nova singers.

The show is open to the public. Adults are $10, senior citizens and non-Kent State students are $8 and Kent State students are free with their school I.D.

For more information about the School of Music visit http://dept.kent.edu/music/.

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For more information, contact:

Kerry Glann, 330-672-2172, kglann@kent.edu