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DAYTON, OH (January 30, 2013) -- On Saturday, February 16, at 2 p.m. at Magsig Middle School in Centerville and Saturday, March 2, at 1:45 p.m. in the Schuster Center’s Mathile Theatre, Dayton Opera will present its new in-school elementary production. Both family-friendly performances are free and open to the public.

Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, an entertaining and fast-paced 45-minute program appropriate for grades K thru 6, is about Sid, a dancing circus snake who wants to learn to sing more than anything. Accompanied by his circus friends, he travels the world, trying a different style of singing wherever he goes – grand opera in Rome, music hall in London, rock in New York City. Sid eventually learns he has been singing all along, in his own style, and that is what really matters.

These performances are part of the “Dayton Opera on the Road,” one of several Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s education programs that reach out to Miami Valley elementary and secondary school students.

“We understand the time constraint and expense in bringing students to every production we offer,” said Gloria Pugh, Director of Education for the DPAA. “‘Dayton Opera on the Road’ offers an opportunity for students to experience and enjoy this art form in their school setting while they also learn how music can enhance and enrich the telling of a story.”

Dayton Opera’s 2012-13 artists-in-residence perform this family-friendly opera. The ensemble of four talented, young, professional singers are Caitlin Cisler, soprano; Amy Maude Helfer, mezzo-soprano; Ian Jose Ramirez, tenor; and Kenny Stavert, baritone. This season these artists will also perform a program for secondary schools called Surviving the Amazing Opera Race.

“Each artist-in-residence was selected from national auditions to perform our in-school primary school program in February and secondary school program in March. They will also perform roles in Dayton Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro on April 5 and 7 at the Schuster Center,” said Thomas Bankston, Dayton Opera’s Artistic Director.
The production at Magsig Middle School, located at 192 West Franklin Street, Centerville, is sponsored by the Centerville Arts Commission. The performance at the Schuster Center’s Mathile Theatre is part of several activities during the Schuster Center 10th Anniversary Open House on March 2.


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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