The one-act opera by Benjamin Britten relates the well-known biblical tale in song and dance, with 32 local children on the stage as Noah's sons and their wives and an array of animals, including a giraffe, a lion, a polar bear, the raven and dove and numerous other birds and animals. The youngest members of the cast will appear as the cricket, the lightning bug, the mouse and the cat. The 24 member youth chorus will wear animal masks that they made themselves and will board an actual ark constructed by Putney resident and world renowned boat builder, Graeme King. Noah's sons will be performed by local teenagers Evan Saito, Matthew Eckler and Brandon Bailey; Anjelica Carroll, Katherine McNally and Claire Mercier will play their wives.
The children will perform alongside Houston Grand Opera baritone Christopher Besch in the part of Noah, Chicago Lyric Opera and Stratton, VT resident Peggie Telscher as his wife Mrs. Noah, and Weston Playhouse Theatre Company Producing Director, Steve Stettler, will perform The Voice of God.
To purchase tickets for the public performance at the Weston Playhouse on Saturday Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13 (both 2 p.m.), phone 802-824-3821, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket prices range from $15 to $28. Early reservations are strongly recommended.