Sarasota Youth Opera receives NEA grant for production

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SARASOTA- Sarasota’s Youth Opera program is again getting recognition from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Program received a $20 thousand dollar grant which help the youth opera put on their annual fall program. Sarasota Youth Opera has been a part of the community for 34 years and allows young people to experience opera first–hand.

“We have the only youth opera program in the country that does a full–scale production every year.,” Director of Education Ben Jewell-Plocher said. “So kids get to learn about opera by doing a production with all the bells and whistles. Seeing how a production starts, is put together, and ends, and this year’s production is special, it’s a remounting of a production we’ve done twice before it’s Benjamin Britten’s the Little Sweep.”

Work is already underway on this year’s performance with auditions for the solo performances being held this week. Performances will be held November 3rd and 4th.

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