Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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February 16, 2012

Enjoy a day of opera at the Palace March 2

PAART will present a day of opera at the Palace Theatre on Friday, March 2. The fun will begin at 12:30 p.m. with an educational outreach matinee performance of “Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing” performed by the Nashville Opera’s Mary Ragland Young Artist performers.

Written by English composer Malcolm Fox, this children’s opera is a colorful 45-minute show centered on a circus performing snake named Sid who desperately wants to learn how to sing. He travels the world in search of that knowledge, trying out such musical styles as grand opera in Rome, music hall in London and rock in New York. His ultimate discovery is that he’ll succeed if he sings in his own special way. Tenor Eldric Bashful plays Sid. There’s been a lot to learn quickly as he and his colleagues prepared for the tour of this light-hearted but jam-packed opera. “It has been a whirlwind!” he says with a laugh.

For the 7 p.m. evening event the Mary Ragland Young Artists will be performing “Opera Outtakes.” This introductory program of opera scenes and arias captures all the drama, comedy and beautiful music!

First time? Don’t be scared! For a first-time opera-goer, or a seasoned patron, the exposure to the opera’s language, costume and set designs will enrich your cultural appreciation. The combination of all facets of artistic expression will fully engage your visual and aural senses in a way that little else can. Opera is one of the most exciting and theatrically impressive art forms. It creates a night you will not soon forget! The most important thing to remember is to enjoy the evening and allow yourself to fully experience the many stimuli that opera offers. 

PAART will extend the hour-long presentation of “Opera Outtakes” with a reception so you can meet and speak with these rising stars of the opera world.

The educational outreach matinee performance of “Sid the Serpent” is open to children of all ages and ticket prices are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Teachers accompanying student groups are admitted free of charge. (Please call the Palace Theatre at  484-6133 to reserve your group tickets.) Tickets for the evening performance of “Opera Outtakes” are available by phone at the Cumberland County Playhouse box office, 484-5000, or online at Prices for the evening performance are $5 for students and $10 for adults plus any ticketing service charges that may apply.  As always, tickets are also available at the beautiful, historic Palace Theatre.

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