Opera

L’ÉTOILE

Music by Emmanuel Chabrier, English version by Jeremy Sams
Directed by David Overton
January 31 to February 3
Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre

January 31, February 1, February 2: 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 3, 2:30 pm *Sensory friendly
Tickets available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office, 902-494-3820

The Dal Opera is pleased to welcome back David Overton as director of this year’s opéra bouffe, L’Étoile.  Performed in English by Fountain School voice students, with set design, technical elements, and costumes by Fountain School theatre students and alumni, this production straddles the line between serious art music and light operetta. With its sophisticated harmonies and vocal writing, and a witty new English adaptation by Jeremy Sams, L’Étoile is rooted in the French comic tradition. It’s a fantastical, absurd, and sometimes even surreal story of oppression, love, and intrigue.

Musical direction is by Michael Donovan with choreography by Véronique MacKenzie. Student Danielle Wilson is the set designer and alumnus Emlyn Murray (BA Theatre ’14) is the costume designer. The orchestral reduction is performed by pianist Greg Myra, flautist Sibylle Marquardt, and cellist Catherine Little.  

Director David Overton is a former professor in the Dalhousie Theatre department for almost forty years.  Since retiring in 2008, Dr. Overton has continued to be active as a freelance director and writer. He directed Riders to the Sea for the Fountain School in 2016.  Most recently he directed La Finta Giardiniera for Opera Nova Scotia.

*Sensory friendly performance!  In partnership with Autism Nova Scotia, the opera matinee on Sunday, February 3 at 2:30 pm will be sensory friendly, providing an opportunity for those with sensory sensitivities to enjoy live opera. Each ticket purchased is accompanied by a caregiver ticket at your request.

We have created a social story, which will walk you through our building and introduce you to the Sir James Dunn Theatre! 

Accommodations for this performance will include:

  • A pre-show speech introducing the show and what to expect
  • Lower sound levels
  • Reduction of loud and jarring sounds
  • Reduction of flashing and strobe lights
  • Modification of the house lights during the performance
  • Designated quiet room
  • Extra staff and support

Accommodations of house rules:

  • Audience members are free to talk and move around during the show
  • Extra staff and volunteers
  • Food and drink are allowed in the theatre