The fairies in Cheltenham

7th April 2010

With the ETO tour van firmly parked in Cheltenham, children from nearby Dean Close School are preparing to become our latest opera debutants. This Saturday 10 April they will perform in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to a near-capacity audience at the Everyman Theatre, as the young fairies. They will follow in the footsteps of school children local to each of the venues we have visited on our Spring 2010 tour.

So far, the young fairies have impressed with their ability and enthusiasm to learn Britten’s challenging music, and the children from Cheltenham are no different. One budding singer, Holly, says: “The first time I listened to the CD I didn’t know how I’d ever sing like that, but I have been surprised by how much fun it is!” Another, Hugo, reminds us: “It may seem like a role for a girl, but in Shakesperian times fairies weren’t just girls. Oberon is a fairy and he’s a man.”

There are still a few tickets available for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Cheltenham on Saturday 10 April.

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