Etcetera - 06/24/11

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Walla Walla musician and accompanist Kristin Vining is at it again.

The writer and composer of several original works will offer 2011 Opera Camp Workshop, "An intensive summer repertory experience."

Kristin's focus will be on the original operetta she penned, "Alice in Wonderland."

It's described as "a contemporary youth opera written with developing voices in mind."

The camp and performance will be will be at Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 800 Abbott Road from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1-5 and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 6 with the culminating performance at 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

Students 13 and older will work under the direction of Kristin, an instructor of piano at Whitman College and music instructor at Walla Walla Community College, Julie Jones, WWCC director of vocal arts, Christine Janis, professor of voice at Walla Walla University and artistic director of Walla Walla Choral Society, and Brian Senter, Wa-Hi director of drama.

Participants will through rotations in Alexander technique, dance, theater, freedom in performance, confidence building, staging (interpretation of movement), and individualized coaching.

Students will have opportunities for growth in such areas as singing, acting, stage crew, production, technique, costuming, instrumentation, set design and makeup.

Kristin wrote "Cartes Postales: A love story," a French-themed opera that was performed at WWCC by voice, music and art students there. Inspired by the Cinderella fairy tale, her operetta "Cendrillon" was also performed at WWCC.

Applications must be submitted with the $50 fee by July 1 at Wa-Hi, attention Brian Senter, 800 Abbott Road.

Some scholarships are available by request. Information and applications are online at wahibluedevils.org; follow the link for Performing Arts and Drama, or email operacamp@hotmail.com, but JavaScript is needed to view it.

Students 18 and older as of Aug. 1 will need a background clearance.

Email operacamp@hotmail.com for more details. Preliminary interviews of students will be July 16.

Mary Senter is available to answer questions at 509-200-1315.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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