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June 7, 2014

Q5: Children hit the stage this week

STILLWATER, Okla. — Children’s Operetta Workshop will be performing Cinderella this week. Rana McCoy is the founder and director.

1 How and why did you start the Children’s Operetta Workshop?

In 1996, I had a delightful script and a dream that I shared with Sue Busch, the children’s librarian at Stillwater Public Library. She booked us for the following year for the summer reading program, and I pressed forward to find wonderful community sponsors and other encouraging people who aspired to give our young people a workshop and stage on which to perform. I wanted to give elementary and middle school children the opportunity to learn stage presence and poise while performing a musical.

2 What makes operetta different from opera and other types of musical theater?

An operetta is a little opera. It is a shorter version with some spoken dialogue, and generally showcases a lighter or humorous subject.

3 Is this a traditional version of Cinderella?

We take any story and make it our own. The traditional tale lives within our adaptation which will delight and entertain all ages. Come expecting to be surprised!


4 What has your cast done to prepare?

Auditions were after spring break. We rehearsed Monday through Friday last week, and will have dress rehearsal Monday morning. Our family performance is Monday night, and we will stage shows for the public at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stillwater Public Library.

5 How can people find out more about your operetta workshops and other programs?

Next summer’s show will be announced at our shows on Tuesday. It is an awesome and fun story, and a crowd favorite! For more information or to be contacted regarding auditions next spring for second through seventh graders, please email or call 377-0505.


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