The Norman Transcript


June 16, 2014

Opera camp in 19th year

NORMAN — Cimarron Opera is hosting its summer youth Opera Theatre Camp for the 19th year.

Cimarron Opera offers the opportunity for youths aged 9-18 to take part in the camp that provides vocal instruction, dance and acting basics, audition preparation, Gilbert and Sullivan history, as well as friendship, teamwork and fun.

Opera Theatre Camp kicked off June 9, and after three weeks, students will present a complete, fully staged operetta performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.” Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 27 and June 29 at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 Stubbeman Ave.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 364-8962.

The Music Director for Opera Theatre Camp is Kevin Smith, who has directed more than 1,000 shows since he began music directing with Cimarron Opera in 1996, and who has music directed Opera Theatre Camp since its inception.

Stage Director is Dr. Betsy Ballard, a retired Norman High School teacher who spent 36 years teaching speech, debate, competitive acting and English. This is her second year with Cimarron Opera.

Assistant Music Director is Mervin Tay, a composer, arranger and performer. He has been with Opera Theatre Camp for several years, and also serves as assistant music director and conductor for Cimarron Opera’s adult production of The Gondoliers.

Opera Theatre Camp’s daytime rehearsals are held in parallel with the Company’s adult production rehearsals of the same operetta. There are mentoring opportunities from the adult cast, several of whom serve as camp counselors, greatly enhancing the educational experience for the campers.

For more information, call 364-8962 or visit

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