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