Young performers will show off their skills by participating in this year’s Kingwood Summer Opera Young Artist Program. The success of the Kingwood Summer Opera, which began in 1996 with a cast of 10 beginners performing short scenes and has since grown to include more than 50 participants who perform full operas, led to the creation of the Young Artist Program. The Young Artist Program offers an operatic stage experience for young singers and beginning adults. It is an intense three week experience that allows singers to learn short scenes from both opera and musical theater. “Singing and acting at the same time is a learned skill,” said Shana Buckow-Hogan, local voice teacher and Kingwood Summer Opera Young Artist Program director. “This program is designed for the beginner to get hands-on attention while learning and actually performing something.” More than 20 performers will participate in the 2012 Young Artist Program, presenting a variety of short scenes from Mozart and Douglas Moore as well as musical scenes from Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. They will show off their hard work when they perform for the community in the college’s Musical Instructional Building Recital Hall. The Young Artists Program performances will be on July 1 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Call 281-312-1709 for more information or to reserve tickets Pictured: This year the Kingwood Summer Opera Young Artist Program, July 1, will feature selections from Mozart, Moore and from musical theater.

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