Carmenella' opera staged at Bolton school

BOLTON LANDING - The Marcella Sembrich Studios is hosting a free children's opera, featuring music and humor to delight its audience, Sembrich representatives said this week.

The organization is sponsoring a one-time performance of "Carmenella" by the Seagle Colony 10 a.m. Friday July 17 at Bolton Central School. Admission to the 30-minute opera is free, thanks to funding from the Stewart's Shops and local occupancy tax funding.

Combining the music of George Bizet's "Carmen" with the story of "Cinderella," audiences both young and old will delight in a tale that is both touching and amusing, Sembrich representatives said.. With a twist on the original, this story is set in Spain where Cinderella attends a bullfight instead of a ball and earns the ardor of a handsome prince toreador. Along the way, she overcomes personal hardship to rediscover the lasting values of optimism, good works and self-confidence.

Founded in 1915 in Schroon Lake, the Seagle Music Colony is one of the oldest summer singer-training programs in the U.S. The Colony focuses on developing gifted singers while presenting quality opera and musical theatre performances to the public. Now in its 94th season, the balance of the Seagle Music Colony season includes performances of "Hotel Casablanca," "Cinderella," and "Candide."

After Friday's Carmenella show, children will be encouraged to come forward and meet the performers, so they can ask questions, and get a closer look at costumes, make-up and scenery. In addition, cut-outs of well-known storybook characters such as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs will be on hand to allow parents and grandparents to photograph the children.

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