Originally created 10/12/06

Opera students do more than singing for university's Oktoberfest



Kira King is a little bit nervous about Augusta State University's upcoming Opera Oktoberfest, but not because she is performing.

The ASU student not only sings in the production but she also directs some of the work.

"It's scary, but it's so exciting to see my ideas in front of me," said Ms. King, who has performed in productions with the Augusta Opera in addition to her work at school.

About 20 students in Patti Myers' opera workshop class will be participating in an evening of songs from German operas including The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus and Hansel and Gretel. The songs will be sung in English.

"We do something small scale in the fall and a full production in the spring," Ms. Myers said.

The class focuses on all aspects of opera production and gives students a chance to participate in more than vocalizing on stage. They work on staging and directing.

For opera workshop student Diana Thompson, the challenge for the production is directing a piece in which she's also singing.

"Both of the ones I'm directing, I'm in," she said.

This is the first opera workshop performance for Megan Keir, who has a featured solo in excerpts from The Magic Flute.

"It's really an eye-opening experience. It's a lot of fun and is really rewarding," she said.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Opera Oktoberfest, an evening of scenes from German opera sung in English

WHEN: 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26

WHERE: Augusta State University Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way

COST: Free ASU students, faculty and staff; $5 general public

PHONE: (706) 667-4872