Missouri State University's Opera Viva troupe will present Smetana's opera "The Bartered Bride" at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the West Plains Civic Center theater.
The event, sponsored by MSU-WP's University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department, is free and open to all. No tickets are required. The performance will be in English and under the direction of Dr. Pearl Yeadon, professor of music at MSU in Springfield.
In this adaptation of Smetana's opera, a traveling circus is coming to a small, rural American town in the 1960s; however, it has lost some of its performers to more lucrative jobs. The owner, the ring master, needs to find new performers to complete the tour.
With the help of Esmeralda, the owner's assistant and Spanish dancer in the circus, one of the former circus clowns, Krusina, who now lives in this town, is found and persuaded to help them find new performers.
Meanwhile, the real plot of "The Bartered Bride," a young girl whose parents are trying to arrange a marriage for her, bumps along surrounded by jugglers, clowns, dancers, musicians and much merriment.
The production runs approximately an hour and features highlights from the original opera, with dialogue by Geovonday Jones, who also is the stage manager. J.T. Eberhard is the assistant stage director Doran Schmit is the choreographer, and Lauren Lane is the art director.. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Seth Jeffers.
This is a family-friendly production and suitable for all ages, organizers said. For more information, contact the U/CP Department at 417-255-7966.