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11/09/2012

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ARTS BRIEFS Katherine Powell as Little Nemo, Adriana Fernandez as the Princess and Natalie Almeter as Flip are in the cast of Little Nemo in Slumberland. Photo by Rod Millington OPERA TO PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 'LITTLE NEMO' Sarasota Youth Opera will present the world premiere of Little Nemo in Slumberland Nov. 10-11. Commissioned by the Sarasota Opera Associ- ation, the production features music by Daron Hagen and a libretto by J.D. McClatchy. The principal children's roles will be per- formed by members of the Sarasota Youth Op- era program, while members of the Sarasota Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists Program have been cast in the primary adult roles, a news release notes. In addition, singers and performers from Booker High School, The Out-of-Door Acade- my and Sailor Circus will be in the cast, with a total of 107 Sarasota young people on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House at one point or another, the news release says. Little Nemo in Slumberland, which is based on Winsor McCay's early 20th-century comic strip of the same name, is a 60-minute, two- act opera with magic as its focus. The story recounts the adventures of a boy over the course of two nights as he goes on a quest to save Slumberland from the evil Emperor Sol, who wants it to be bright all night and all day. Along the way, Nemo encounters a crystal en- chantress, menacing giants, dizzying changes of scale and a palace that turns upside down, the news release says. Two performances will be offered: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.sarasotaopera.org or by calling the box office at 328-1300.

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