Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Opera seeks talented kids

If you have a youngster ages 8 and up who loves to sing and act on stage, then don't pass this opportunity up. The Sarasota Opera House is seeking young talent for the stage this spring for its Youth Opera.

Touted to be one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States, the Sarasota Youth Opera plans to perform a full stage opera version of Judith Weir's "The Black Spider" in May. It is enrolling new members for the upcoming season, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5. If you and your child are interested, know that the enrolling process includes a meeting with music director Lance Inouye who will determine your child's voice type and skill level. She will also show them some of the program's music. Parents will get an introduction to the program, too, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Rehearsals will begin the same week.

Any child who applies will receive vocal and actor training. Cost of the program is $150 per term with a $25 non-refundable fee needed by Jan. 5. Scholarships, though limited, are available. Payment plans can be arranged.

For more information, call 366-8450, ext. 0.

-January Holmes

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