Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

March 10, 2011

Disney or teen opera?

Local choice as both staged in Andover

Teen classical opera or a taste of Disney? Andover's arts scene has both covered this weekend thanks to the work of young singers.

The Treble Chorus of New England presents the Mozart opera, "The Magic Flute," at Greater Lawrence Technical High School on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

Across town, South School's Cooperative Theater's "Mulan Jr.", a popular Disney show, opens at the same time at West Middle School. The cast is made up of students from grades 3, 4 and 5 at Andover's South Elementary School.

Those involved with both performances said kids of all ages look forward all winter to the spring productions.

"This young cast has been diligently rehearsing since December. Their hard work and enthusiasm radiates through every act," wrote Krista Ludvino, kindergarten teacher at South Elementary School who is handling publicity for Mulan, Jr.

Leading the production are Beth Kennedy as artistic director/choreographer; choreographer Crystal O'Keefe; Jen Montgomery and Krista Ludvino as drama directors; and music directors Hillary Brooks and Amanda Potts.

Meanwhile, TCNE staffers are just as happy with their show.

"In keeping with its goal of educating new audiences, TCNE presents Hands on Opera, a fully staged and costumed performance held yearly in early spring," Anna Choi, Administrative Coordinator, wrote about her group's show. "Opera is a visually powerful way to expose children to classical music, and when children see other children performing opera, the impact is unforgettable."

This year marks the 16th year that Treble Chorus of New England has been promoting the musical legacy of Opera among young generations, Choi added.

Sarah Freedman, Caroline Kiezulas, Francesca Lionetta, Dylan Millis, Morgan Muggia and Taejasvi Narayan, all of Andover, sing in the Treble Chorus show.

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