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Casting now open for IOLANTHE: Last-Minute Light Opera

LAST MINUTE LIGHT OPERA: IOLANTHE, March 19.

It’s almost time for that marquee event of NEGASS’s year: the Last Minute Light Opera! Join us at the Park Street Congregational Church, on Sunday, March 19, at 2:00, to sing in IOLANTHE; OR, THE PEER AND THE PERI. Casting is now open. Everyone who’d like to request a lead part is welcome to e-mail me at programchair@negass.org. If you don’t have e-mail, you can reach me at (413) 584-7725.

All are invited to sing in the chorus. Please bring a score, if you have one; we’ll also have a small number of loaner scores available. David Goldhirsch will accompany us on piano. Musicians are also welcome to play in the orchestra. David Larrick will conduct, and he has kindly offered to provide band parts. Musicians, if you’d like to join us, please contact me beforehand, so we’ll know how many band parts we need. –APRIL GRANT

Roles in Iolanthe:
The Lord Chancellor, baritone
Earl of Mountararat, bass-baritone
Earl Tolloller, tenor
Private Willis, bass
Strephon, bass-baritone
Queen of the Fairies, contralto
Iolanthe, mezzo-soprano
Celia, soprano
Leila, mezzo-soprano
Fleta (speaking part)
Phyllis, soprano

REFRESHMENTS: Carol Mahoney will be organizing refreshments for LMLO. A non-singing volunteer is needed to be assistant refreshment organizer for this event: contact Carol at carol@negass.org.

A generous refreshment table is wanted, to reward the volunteer musicians—plus, this event attracts many members of the public, and these “guests have such appetites hearty.” So you are encouraged to bring goodies, such as deviled eggs, hummus and chips, crackers and cheese, coffeecake, desserts, etc.

Carol Mahoney brings the soda, juice, cups, tablecloth, and napkins. The church supplies platters and bowls.

HOW TO GET THERE: The Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road in Arlington is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Paul Revere Road, on Park Avenue one block south of Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington.

Local route: Drive or take the #77 Arlington Heights bus along Massachusetts Avenue to Park Avenue, at the far west end of town (there is a traffic light), and then travel one block south (uphill). The church is on your right.

From a distance: Take Route 2 to the Park Avenue-Arlington exit, and drive north along Park Avenue until Massachusetts Avenue is in sight. You will be going down a long hill at that point, and see shops ahead; the church will be on your left. Free parking is available on both Park Avenue and Paul Revere Road.
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