Young artists

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mixed in with the professional touring acts and college performances at the River Campus are a few productions by the future of performing arts.

The young talent with the Southeast Missouri Music Academy have put on a few exhibitions this week to show what the students have been composing and practicing. This weekend brings another chance to see the hard work come to fruition as the academy and the department of music at Southeast Missouri State University present "Noye's Fludde," a children's opera by Benjamin Britten.

Britten wrote the opera in 1958 and included music for both professional and amateur musicians.

The show puts an operatic spin on the story of Noah and his ark. The production works well with the academy because it can be done with almost any number of performers.

The children from the music academy will be joined by musicians from the university and community.

The music academy performed the opera in 2003 and 2004. It had to take breaks, though, because the production requires such a high level of commitment and money. The current cast and musicians started rehearsing in February.

A few of those musicians are academy alumni who performed in the opera during those earlier performances.

Those musicians -- now college students -- will join about 80 other players, actors and singers for "Noye's Fludde."

The opera will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Bedell Performance Hall. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors or students and available at the door or by calling 334-1234.

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