UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8610
UNK- The University of Nebraska at Kearney Opera Workshop will present Australian composer Malcolm Fox’s opera for children, “Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing,” Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.
“It’s the perfect introduction to opera for small children,” said Dr. Anne Foradori, musical and stage director for the production. “We have assembled a terrific cast of talented students who are eager to perform this entertaining work for a young audience. The colorful larger-than-life characters and memorable tunes are makes this a great show for the entire family.”
In addition to the Friday evening performance, which is open to the general public, there will be a student matinee at 10 a.m. that day. Both performances are free; however, groups interested in attending the student performance need to reserve
their tickets through Dr. Foradori by calling 308.865.8610.
According to Dr. Foradori, the opera is a whimsical 45-minute opera performed in five scenes that tells the story of a snake who dances with a circus troupe and yearns for a life on the stage as a singer. He travels the world to learn how to sing and studies with a prima donna in Italy, joins the London Music Hall as a performer, and even tries a stint at being a rock star, all with disastrous results. It is only when Sid decides to sing with his own voice that he achieves real success and rejoins the circus as a singing snake.
UNK sophomore Patrick York of Grand Island is cast as Sid. Other performers include:
Columbus – Alex Ritter
Dalton – Blake Thompson
Grand Island – Michelle Conley
Kearney – Jana Harms, Amy Jensen and Katherine Ridder
Seward – Katherine Bauer
Woodland Park – Shawna Beeler
Goodland – Jillian Parker
Wenci Fan, pianist
Isesaki shi – Yuka Ito
Osaka – Emi Kamon