Ain't no opera like opera in Vermont come summertime when the church is hot and the singers are sweet. The Little Prince sounds like a ride through the green mountains when each peak leaves you wondering why we drive on anything but dirt roads. Professional drove and flew in from New York and Texas while our kids hailed from Chester, Ludlow, Springfield, and many other little towns to preview Rachel Portman's opera before we rock in full-length come January. The Londonderry Church provided an easy, comforting rehearsal space and the fantastic Saturday farmers' market gave us a full house before we packed up and performed at Grace Congregational in Rutland.
Summer choreographing proved to be kind to me. I found myself enamored with the singers and the children were so playful and ready that often they choreographed for me. After directing the past couple years, I appreciated the opportunity to see the whole production as both a collaborator and audience member, feeling fortunate to learn from master Diana Stugger as she pulled together scenes in quick days.