MANCHESTER - Twenty local youngsters who will portray the animals in Opera Theatre of Weston's January production of "Noye's Fludde" (Noah's Flood) by Benjamin Britten will sing excerpts from the opera at a special preview performance.

The free event will be hosted by Northshire Bookstore in Manchester on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. and will include an introductory talk about the opera given by Stage Director Diana Stugger, Producing Director Lise Messier, and General Manager and Percussionist Anne D'Olivo.

The production of Noye's Fludde will be the first opportunity for many of the school children, whose ages range from 7 - 16, to sing on a public theatre stage with professional artists. The Youth Chorus will appear in a total of nine performances at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland and at the Weston Playhouse during the first two weeks of January.

The OTW Youth Chorus is drawn from the Southern Vermont towns of Belmont, Ludlow, Dorset, Shrewsbury, Arlington, Hydeville, Grafton, Manchester, Fair Haven, Mount Holly, Wells, Rutland and North Chittenden. OTW's outreach touring program, "Storybook Opera: Tropical Storm Irene Project," is visiting schools in these towns and others during the fall. Youth Chorus members and their fellow students will share their own experiences and memories of Irene in poetry, prose and dance with the help of OTW choreographer, Ashley Hensel-Browning.


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This project is supported in part by the Vermont Irene Response Grant award from The Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, the Vermont Humanities Council, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information. contact OTW at www.operatheatreofweston.com