July 14, 2014
The Three Feathers is a new one-act children’s opera commissioned from composer Lori Laitman by the Center for the Arts in collaboration with the School of Performing Arts, Opera Roanoke, and the Blacksburg Children's Chorus. The work will premiere in October 2014 at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.
Based on a Grimm’s fairytale and brilliantly retold by librettist Dana Gioia, The Three Feathers creates a mysterious world inhabited by a king, his three daughters, courtiers, and the fantastical underworld kingdom of the Frog Prince and his chorus of rats, bats, and frogs.
Students studying music and theatre will perform in the production and work behind-the-scenes. School of Performing Arts faculty are lending their design expertise, including Randy Ward (Sets), Jane Stein (Costumes), and John Ambrosone (Lighting). The opera’s commission was made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Costumes for "The Three Feathers" are being constructed in the theatre department's costume shop. Designs by faculty member Jane Stein.