A night at the op­eretta

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

Op­eretta was all the rage in the 19th cen­tury, with audiences in France, Aus­tria, and Eng­land clam­or­ing for the mu­sic of Of­fen­bach, Jo­hann Strauss, and Gil­bert and Sul­li­van. At 6 p.m. Thurs­day, April 8, stu­dents from Chi­mayó show off their take on the art form with The Switcheroo, cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Santa Fe Opera’s Stu­dent-Pro­duced Opera Pro­gram. Com­poser Jeremy Ble­ich and the­ater artist Kathryn Mark led a group of 5-to 12-year olds through the writ­ing process and other as­pects of pro­duc­tion in­clud­ing cos­tume de­sign and chore­og­ra­phy. Since the pro­gram’s in­cep­tion in 1991, more than 12,000 chil­dren in North­ern New Mex­ico have pro­duced 175 op­eras. This year’s show, hosted by Chi­mayó’s Boys and Girls Club, is at Chi­mayó Ele­men­tary School, 31 County Road 93. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call 946-2404 for in­for­ma­tion.

Clock­wise bot­tom left: Sarah Martinez, Sabrina Munoz, Theresa Chavez, Jeremiah Tru­jillo, Marissa Sanchez, and Adrian Gar­cia

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