Central City’s Production of La Boheme
By Cynthia Wright, National Tour Choir member
In second grade, I became part of the Colorado Children’s Chorale. In 2007, after one year, I was selected to be in Central City Opera’s production of “Cinderella” (“Cendrillon”), without vocal parts but plenty of staging and dancing.
Opera is fun and we enjoy it, but it doesn’t happen without hard work on everyone’s part. We began in April. We met at a church to practice our vocal parts before we went up to Central City.
In June, we began practicing at the opera house, first in a small room with a piano and the conductor, John Baril, then with the main singers and the adult chorus. Later, we were staging, a critical time for listening and paying attention on the set.
My favorite part is the acting. We all have “mothers” and “fathers” on the stage and have to react to things as any child normally would. On stage, everyone has to wear their stage shoes, but we cannot wear them outside, because the set has a white floor and snow looks better clean.
The stage is small, which makes the opera more fun for the performers and the audience. We can hear everyone and we have no microphones or any amplification.
After a few rehearsals we got to practice with the orchestra. Listening to tunes on the piano is very different than hearing them played by an orchestra! Dress rehearsals, when we practice in our costumes, brought us one step closer to opening night.
Although our costumes are meant for winter and are very warm, after a while you get used to the heat.
For our first “show”, we invited the critics and some of our friends and family. It was actually the final dress rehearsal but it felt like a show because we were performing for an audience. It was tremendously exciting.
Two days later opening night was upon us. That was just amazing. The crowd is quite close, so you can see them very easily. Secondly, opening night is just very exciting!
We have many shows before our last show on August 12, so my summer will be full of sun, driving, and best of all “La Boheme!”
Visit http://www.centralcityopera.org/boheme to purchase your tickets!