fludde

Calling children and adults who would like to participate in our special community opera this fall!

Calling all children ages 4 – 14. Mary Knickle will be directing Maritime Concert Opera’s production of Noyes Fludde – a children’s opera based on the story of Noah’s Ark. The children play the animals and music is very easy and very beautiful. Adults will sing some of the larger animals and will help support the congregational singing.  Please contact Ruth Reedman at 766 – 0153 or email her at maritimeconcertopera@gmail.com to sign up. Noyes Fludde will be performed at the St. Anglican Church staged and costumed on Nov5 and Nov 6. The show is 45 minutes long and involves the whole community.

Here’s the rehearsal schedule:

CHORUS REHEARSALS:

Tuesday, October 18th
7 – 8 p.m. Children

8 – 9 p.m. Adults and Children

Tuesday, October 25th As above

Tuesday, Nov 1 As above

Thursday, Nov 3rd — 7-8 p.m. – orchestra 8-9 p.m. with CAST Friday, Nov. 4 th— 7 p.m.Dress rehearsal

Saturday, Nov 5 — PERFORMANCE 1 (3:30 p.m.- call 2:30) Sunday, Nov 6 — PERFORMANCE 2 (3:30 p.m.- call 2:30)


In the first weekend of November, Lunenburg will be filled with animals as Noah and his ark take over St John’s Anglican Church for two performances of a special opera written for children!

Noye’s Fludde is a tuneful 60-minute community opera written by English composer Benjamin Britten that tells the story of Noah and his ark in words and music. It’s based on a 15th-century mystery play, and is written for amateur singers and musicians, especially children, with professionals mixed in.
In the Lunenburg production, the professionals will include music director Heather Kristenson, organist Wendy Fraser, stage director Mary Ferguson, with Halifax bass Jon-Paul Décosse in the title role and Lunenburg mezzo Nina Scott-Stoddart as Mrs Noah.  Former Lunenburg mayor Lawrence Mawhinney will be the Voice of God. The show will be fully costumed and accompanied by a small orchestra.

“This will be a true community artistic collaboration among churches, local musicians, choirs, schools, artists and organizations”, says Scott-Stoddart of the project. “We haven’t done a children’s opera since Hansel and Gretel in the fall of 2009 and we wanted to get children involved again in a fun, family-friendly show. We’ve been working on the production behind the scenes for over a year and are now entering the home stretch — casting the children who will be animals and orchestra members!”

MCO is looking for children for the production aged from 4 to 14. No audition is required, just enthusiasm and a commitment to the performances. Children can either play in the orchestra or play animals. All children will sing with the hymns and sing and squeak as required as the animals! We’re also looking for adult singers to join the chorus for the hymns and for adults and teens to work backstage.
Rehearsals will be mostly Sunday afternoons with a few Tuesday evenings. For a fuller rehearsal schedule please see the MCO website at maritimeconcertopera.com
If you or your children would like to get involved, we would love to have you join the fun! Please contact Ruth Reedman at (902) 766-0153 or maritimeconcertopera@gmail.com to express your interest or ask questions.

Pagliacci 8.5x14 (2)

Last week we had the first rehearsal for chorus for Pagliacci, our passionate spring show. If you’d like to join us, rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall, Mahone Bay, under the direction of Jane Kristenson. We have a lot of fun in chorus, especially with a show like this one where there’s lots of interaction with the principals!  We do a lot of coaching with the Italian and it’s a great experience. No audition needed.


This is a reminder that if you have not answered the chorus call for Pagliacci, there is still time.

Rehearsals start May 12 at St. John’s Lutheran in Mahone Bay.  Jane Kristenson will be our fearless leader and the performances will be June 21st, 23rd, 25th and 27th.
If you are joining us, email me at maritimeconcertopera@gmail.com
Wendy Dean
Co-producer