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Area Students Named to Opera Cast, Crew at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music

POTSDAM, NY — SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music is preparing to host the world premiere of a groundbreaking new opera, “Mayo,” by acclaimed composer Tom Cipullo.

The Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra will unveil its full production of the Pellicciotti Prize-winning work in a series of performances and special events, from Nov. 8 to 11.

The student cast and crew includes:

Ethan Lenhart of Williamstown, NY, who will be playing the role of Henry/Beckmann

Jeri Barber of Williamstown, NY, who is the production stage manager

Katrina Sheats of Pulaski, NY, who is the Pellicciotti Assistant
Based on a true story, “Mayo” follows the life of Mayo Buckner, who was committed to the Iowa Home for Feeble-Minded Children at the age of eight, and forged a life of quiet dignity and meaning while living there for the next 60 years.

In a production led by Stage Director Dean Anthony and Music Director Kirk Severtson, the Crane Opera Ensemble will bring Buckner’s story to life — and in the process, shed light on America’s tragic infatuation with eugenics in the early 20th century.

“Mayo” will be presented on Nov. 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m., and on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m., in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

Tickets for the Crane Opera Ensemble production of “Mayo” are $15 for the general public and $10 for SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff and students. To purchase tickets, contact the Community Performance Series Box Office, located in the lobby of SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center, by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting http://www.cpspotsdam.org.

To learn more, visit http://www.potsdam.edu.