CalhounCounty high school students will be
starting a tradition at JacksonvilleStateUniversity this month.These singers will be appearing in
Jacksonville Opera Theatre’s Production of “The Gondoliers” May 19-21 and
26-28.“The Gondoliers” will be a fully
staged and costumed opera, an evening filled with the kind of hilarity that one
would expect from Gilbert and Sullivan.
The zany tale begins with two just-married
Venetian gondoliers who are informed by the Grand Inquisitor that one of them
has just become the “King” of Barataria.There is a “catch” however.One
of the two newlyweds was married in infancy to the beautiful daughter of a
Spanish Duke and is now being called to the throne of Barataria as her
husband.Which one will it be and what
will happen?Who will assume the throne
and who will be out of luck?Which wife
will be ditched?
There will be a full cast on hand
to sort out the complications. The principal characters will be sung by
collegiate singers, while the chorus will be filled out by college students and
talented local high school students.The
first program of its kind at
JacksonvilleStateUniversity, the Jacksonville Opera
Theatre Youth Apprentice Program will present a unique opportunity for high
school singers to gain experience singing opera on the college level.Representing the
CalhounCounty high schools are: Sebastian
School, Eric Wilcox,
School, Caitlyn Graeff,
FaithChristianSchool, Julie Batson,
GraceBibleSchool, Crystal Sparks, Maggie Beam
and Martin Smith, White PlainsHigh School.
“The Gondoliers,” sung in
English, will be presented in the Performance Center of Mason Hall, located on
the main campus of JacksonvilleStateUniversity.Friday and Saturday evening performances will
begin at and Sunday matinee
performances will begin at
May 19-21 and May 26-28.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students
and can be purchased by contacting Dr. Nathan Wight at 256-782-5876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Dinner and opera are available on Saturday
evening, May 20thand
27th beginning at at “Classic On Noble” in
Anniston.The dinner will include a pre-opera lecture
and fine dining, followed by the opera performance, all for $35.