Towson has two operas for children

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April 18, 2002|By Lori Sears

Opera for kids? It may sound unlikely, but Towson University's Music for the Stage class seems to have pulled it off. The students present two operas for children, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing and Gertrude McFuzz tomorrow and Saturday at Towson University's Center for the Arts Rehearsal Hall.

Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing is the story of a circus reptile who decides to travel around the globe in search of learning how to sing in tune. Sid, as well as the audience, learns about music and harmony, as well as about appreciating everyone's individual talents. Music is by Malcolm Fox. Leah Inger stars as Sid the Serpent, and Brendan Cooper, Angelica Divens and Sarah Lynn Taylor are also in the cast.

Gertrude McFuzz is the Dr. Seuss tale of a bird with only one feather. Her desire to have more feathers and be beautiful ends up teaching her an important life lesson on being happy with who you are. Music is by Robert Kapilow. Elizabeth Van Arsdale stars as Gertrude McFuzz. Also is the cast are Michelle Olivero, Erin Holmes and Susan Greasey.

The student productions are geared to children of kindergarten age through the sixth grade.

The children's operas are presented at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. Saturday at Towson University, Center for the Arts Rehearsal Hall, Room 392, Osler and Cross Campus drives. $5-$8. Call 410-704-2787.

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