On Nov. 2, my family attended a vibrant performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” presented by the Treble Chorus of New England. It was part of their “Hands on Opera!” program, which is dedicated to educational outreach.
Directed by Rebecca Farnham, all aspects of the production — performers, stage hands, set creation, lighting technicians, etc. — are handled by the members of the Treble Chorus, ages 10 to 18. Full-length operas are abridged into shorter productions that still maintain the music and the story line.
It’s a rare opportunity for kids to have a taste of the music and spirit of operas. In fact, one of the stars of this “Pirates” production, Francesca Lionetta, is now planning her higher education in music to be the field of opera. Andover is blessed with many terrific educators. The adults involved with Treble Chorus are insightful and contribute hundreds of hours to these musical endeavors and additional development, including the disabled.
I encourage families to gather for an evening of genuine pleasure. The next performance is “Ring in the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.
Justin Coppola Sr.
6 Messinia Drive