What is it like to step on a stage for the first time to act and sing in an opera or a musical? It is exciting, no doubt, but it can also be quite disconcerting as each performer must simultaneously sing memorized words—often in a foreign language—to the right notes and rhythms, with feeling, and do so while acting in a dramatic but natural manner. This is tough!
Welcome to Kingwood’s Summer Opera Young Artist Program (YAP) at Lone Star College-Kingwood. This year, the program will present scenes from Mozart, Catán, Puccini and more in a one-hour performance on the Performing Arts Theatre Main Stage, Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling 281-312-1709.
YAP exists to give training and experience to aspiring singer-actors who want to give opera a try. It is a two-week, intensive scenes program led by soprano Dr. Marion Russell Dickson, a Kingwood resident and a recent Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellow at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where she graduated this May with her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance, pedagogy and voice science.
“Kingwood Summer Opera at Lone Star College-Kingwood, is a very special summer program in the city of Houston,” said Dickson. “It offers professionals and semi-professionals the opportunity to perform in main-stage productions, such as Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, produced earlier this summer. Through the Young Artist Program, KSO offers young artists the experience of performing opera scenes in English and in foreign languages.”
“YAP also provides several Acting for Opera classes, which help singers acclimate and refine their physical gestures and movements onstage. YAP serves all students, from high school to adults, who are interested in continuing to grow and experience this great art form. We are excited to share our production with the community!”
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, online and flexible formats. For more information, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration. For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit LoneStar.edu.