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Opera Fairbanks Announces the production of Help, Help The Globolinks!

Fairbanks, AK ( October 2, 2012) Opera Fairbanks will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s, “Help, Help, The Globolinks,” conducted by Dr. John Hopkins, with stage direction by Bill Wright. This children’s opera will be performed in English for three shows only, November 2, 3 at 7PM and November 4, at 2PM in the West Valley Performing Arts Center. “Help, Help, The Globolinks!” is an imaginative story of a little girl who uses music to repel alien invaders, and features a cast of children and adults. Imagine a Twilight Zone episode in which the Music Man meets War of the Worlds. Art triumphs over technology in this allegorical tale.
 
Both children and adults of all ages will enjoy the alien Globolinks. The costumes have been made by local designer, Theresa Reed, and the special effects lighting is designed by UAF Professor, Kade Mendelowitz. The scenic artist is Greg Gustafson, and the choreography is crafted by local dance instructor, Mo Holland. Special electronic sound effects will be performed live by UAF senior, Lander Ver Hoef, along with dozens of professional musicians playing traditional instruments in the orchestra.
 
The Globolinks Adult cast members include, Anchorage Opera singer, Kate Egan playing music teacher, Mme. Euterpova. Sylvain DeMers is Dr. Stone, the principal of “St. Paul School;” UAF music professor Jaunelle Celaire, will sing Miss Penelope Newkirk, the math teacher; Dean Shannon plays Dr. Turtlespit, the science teacher; and Morgan Reed sings Mr. Lavender Gas, the literature teacher. UAF student and Opera Fairbanks apprentice, Thomas Szydowski, plays Tony the school’s bus driver. Emily Lindley will sing the role of Emily. 13 local children ages 7 to 15 will round out the cast as students of “St. Paul School.”
 
The Story: A warning is heard over the loudspeaker. The police have reported that aliens have landed on earth. The aliens are called Globolinks and if they attack you, you will turn into a Globolink! Sounds of these dangerous creatures can be heard from far and wide. The only known defense against these space attackers: actual music played on traditional instruments by real people.

Meanwhile, students from the St. Paul School are returning from a spring break vacation, when their bus breaks down. Tony, the bus driver and the students are stranded deep in the woods and the Globolinks try to attack them! Just when it seems like all is lost, Tony and the students begin to notice strange things happening and everyone discovers that it is up to Emily and her violin to be the hero and find help to save the day.
 
About Opera Fairbanks: Located in Interior Alaska, Opera Fairbanks is the nation's farthest north professional opera company. It was founded in December 2005 by Cassandra Tilly, Theresa Reed, Morgan Reed, and James Holm. It is the only professional company in Interior Alaska devoted solely to opera production.

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