Lecture: ‘The Making of the Secret Garden’
The Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning and Opera Theatre of Weston (OTW) will present a lecture, ‘The Making of The Secret Garden,’ at the Riley Center of the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vt. at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 24. Composer Nolan Gasser and scenic designer Naomie Kremer will discuss how the beloved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett was transformed into a delightful opera. OTW will perform the east coast premiere at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre and at the Weston Playhouse in January 2015. ‘The Secret Garden’ made its debut at the San Francisco Opera in 2013.
OTW will use original scenic projections by Naomie Kremer, designer of the original production, in a special video adaptation, which will be shown at the presentation. Nolan Gasser said, “I am truly delighted that OTW will be presenting the East Coast premiere of ‘The Secret Garden,’ and the world premiere of our newly revised version of the opera. The enthusiasm and impressive creativity that OTW has already revealed about their upcoming production, along with its terrific cast, gives me great confidence that our opera is destined for a great run in Vermont.” Gasser is the chief musical architect of the Music Genome Project and artistic director of Classical Archives.
OTW musical director Angela Hines-Gooch, stage director Diana Stugger, costume designer Robina D’Arcy-Fox and choreographer Ashley Hensel-Browning will join the discussion.
For more information, call 802-824-3821 or visit operatheatreofweston.com.