Music On Site, an opera company based in central Kansas, is presenting a free-admission opera performance that involves local high school students and faculty.
Suor Angelica will be presented at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Performing Arts Center in Marion and is open and free to the public. Select students from Marion-Florence USD 408 will be in the cast of the production and joined by internationally-respected artists from thirty-three states. The performance will be conducted by USD 408’s Director of Vocal Music and Tabor College graduate, Ruth Springer.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for our students and community,” said Springer. “It is not often we are able to host musicians, especially professional musicians and actors. Students
will gain not only the experience of seeing professional acting, singing, lighting and staging but the experience of seeing and hearing a story told in a new way. Opera has a unique way of connecting the audience to the story and I am excited for our students to experience it. I am especially excited for the many students here who enjoy being involved in musicals to experience this different but similar art form.”
Music On Site was founded by former Tabor Music Faculty Dr. Jen Stephenson and Dr. J. Bradley Baker.
J. Bradley Baker said, “We saw a real need and love of opera and singing in the communities of Kansas, but attending an opera required a drive to Wichita or to Kansas City. Jen and I founded Music On Site to bring opera to communities all throughout Central Kansas that do not normally have access to such productions.”
Through the generosity of its supporters, all Music On Site productions are open to the public free of charge.