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AS some of you know, the inhabitants of the Big Blue House are ALL involved in this year's North Cambridge Family Opera production, Flying High. Spencer has the role of Mickey King, (evil) record producer who hates kids and Talis sings Grace, owner of Rockerectors (a scaffolding company that has been hired to build the sets for a music video) and mother of Dee, lead singer of a band called The Usual Suspects. David is lighting designer, and I am in the King's Men sub-chorus.

Spencer, Talis and I are in Cast X, in shows 1, 3, 6, 8; dates and times listed below. We are also all working the opposite cast shows as well (stage crew, makeup and lobby sales, respectively), so I will understand if you can't make the shows that we are in. But, I do urge you to come see Spencer throw a temper tantrum onstage, in his first major singing role, and Talis also, with her wonderful expressiveness and fabulous voice. They both have a goodly amount of stage time. I do have several solo lines, and am really enjoying being in the same chorus as [personal profile] moria923.

Here's the NCFO publicity blurb.

Please come to the North Cambridge Family Opera's
American premiere of:

Music by Graham Preskett
Book and Lyrics by John Kane

Flying High is the story of a wildly successful but unhappy pop star and a band just starting out, and how they both seek fulfillment in the unscrupulous world of the music industry.

Featuring entertaining lyrics set to singable music in a variety of styles, Flying High is presented by an inter-generational cast in English with side titles. This production comprises two 40-minute acts (plus intermission) and will appeal to audiences of all ages. The composer and librettist of Flying High also wrote Antiphony (performed by NCFO in 2002 and 2006), and those of you familiar with that work will recall how memorable Graham's tunes are and how clever John's lyrics are.

A synopsis with samples of the music can be found on the website.

Flying High will be performed eight times at the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge MA (North Cambridge, between Porter Square and Arlington):

1. Saturday, March 24 at 3:00pm
2. Saturday, March 24 at 7:00pm
3. Sunday, March 25 at 1:00pm
4. Sunday, March 25 at 5:00pm
5. Saturday, March 31 at 3:00pm
6. Saturday, March 31 at 7:00pm
7. Sunday, April 1 at 1:00pm
8. Sunday, April 1 at 5:00pm

The cast of more than 135 chorus members and soloists are drawn from many Greater Boston communities and range in age from 7 to 85. They are divided into two casts, and both are
excellent, but I'm partial to the cast performing in shows 1, 3, 6 and 8 because they star Talis, Spencer as Grace, Mickey King, and me in the King;s Men sub-chorus. Information on which cast members perform in which shows can be found at

Contributing to this production are David Bass (music director), Dave Cash, Kathy Lindsay, and David Sandberg (stage direction), and Corinne Mason, Susan Fendell, and Rachel Zimmerman (choreography). Set design is by Peter Watson of Peter Watson Stage Design, and the lighting design is by David Silber. The show is produced by Carla Procaskey.

Admission this year is free. NCFO welcomes donations and suggests $5.00 for children, $10.00 for adults. But, to make sure you get in, you may PURCHASE TICKETS in advance, also $5.00 for children, $10.00 for adults (several shows sold out last year). Seating is general admission.

Snacks will be available for purchase at intermission; in addition, sandwiches will be available at the Sunday 5:00pm shows only. T-shirts, CDs and DVDs will also be available for purchase at intermission as will Family Opera "grams" to send congratulations to all of your friends in the cast and crew.

Come early to make sure you get a good seat! For more information about NCFO, visit You can also like us on Facebook at Please forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.

See you at the show!


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