WESTON - Opera Theatre of Weston co-artistic directors Nan Nall and Lise Messier will present a new production of Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten at the Paramount Theatre, Rutland on Jan. 6 and at the Weston Playhouse on Jan. 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. Britten arranged three well-known hymns for this opera to be sung by the "congregation" to underscore the drama unfolding on the stage. As part of OTW's ongoing outreach work, the company will hold rehearsals for anyone wishing to learn the special congregational music to be sung as audience members while attending the public performances.

For the Rutland performance, the rehearsals will be held at Trinity Church, Rutland from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30 and at the dress rehearsal at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday Jan. 5 at 2 - 3 p.m. Rehearsals at the Weston Playhouse will be on Thursday January 10 at 6:30 - 8 p.m. and at the dress on Friday, Jan.11 at 11:30 - 12:30. Call 824-3821 or e-mail otw@sover.net to sign up for this community role and to purchase tickets for Weston performances. Go to www.paramountlive.org, or call 802-775-0903 to purchase tickets for the Rutland performance.

The one-act opera is a unique take on the well-known biblical tale of Noah and his Ark. Continuing OTW's mission of "bringing children to opera and opera to children," this production will include local youngsters taking the parts of Noye's sons and their wives and twelve pairs of animals. Three professional adults will perform the roles of Noah (Christopher Besch of Houston Opera), Mrs.


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Noah (Stratton resident Peggy Telscher of Chicago Opera) and The Voice of God (Weston Playhouse Theatre Company producing director Steve Stettler). Noye's Fludde will mark the thirteenth professional OTW Opera in Winter production. For further information, go to www.operatheatreofweston.com.