March 21-22: First Coast Opera’s 20th Anniversary Season continues with The Little Prince

THE LITTLE PRINCE

SHOWTIMES

  • 7:30 PM March 21
  • 3 PM March 22
  • Anchor Faith Church, Ponce de Leon Mall

TICKETS

  • $40 for adults (free child ticket with paid adult ticket)
  • $10 for students
  • firstcoastopera.com

Based on one of the most-translated books ever published, Academy Award winning composer Rachel Portman’s setting is perhaps the most successful opera of the 21st Century.

The heartwarming story of an idealistic young boy and a preoccupied pilot, and the many colorful characters they encounter on their quests to return home, is full of wonder, beauty, and emotion. The production will feature professional guest artists and orchestra, along with members of the St. Augustine Youth Chorus.

The cast features local fifth-grader Caenan McCarthy as the young Prince, joined by visiting guest artists Jacob Surzyn from Michigan as The Pilot, Eric Botto from Alabama as the Vain Main, and Floridians Dylan Morrongiello as The Snake, Lisa Lockhart as The Water, Emily Heumann as The Fox, Cass Panuska as The Rose, Joe Colsant as The King, Mitchel Burns as The Businessman, and Dirk McCoy as Baobab.

Twenty members of the St. Augustine Youth Chorus, directed by Kerry Fradley, will appear throughout the opera.

FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker will conduct a 14-piece orchestra in the production directed by Helena Binder visiting from Vermont, with scenic, projection, lighting and costume designs provided by New York’s Scott Holdredge and Alan Michael Smith, and hair and makeup design by Orlando’s Nicole Dupré.

This production is the culmination of a series of family-oriented programs by First Coast Opera which began in 2017 with The Trial of B. B. Wolf, followed by Amahl and the Night Visitors, and last season’s Family Opera Festival.

For The Little Prince, children are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. This production, according to FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker, is for children of all ages.

“I’ve wanted to do this opera for many years,” Tucker said. “Because the story is fantastical and heartwarming, the vocal writing is beautiful and engaging, and the orchestral writing is wonderfully atmospheric. It is a full-fledged opera that appeals to the inner child in all of us.”

First Coast Opera is the region’s premier opera company, producing professional performances of a variety of operas, operettas, concerts, and cabarets.

First Coast Opera receives financial support from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, and numerous individuals and businesses throughout northeast Florida.

For tickets and more information, visit www.firstcoastopera.com

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