12 local students, 10 musicians and 5 behind-the-scenes theater people have been hard at work since last spring on ‘You Can’t Sit Here,’ a children’s opera presented by Eastport Arts Center, with performances planned for March 25-28 in Machias and Eastport, with 8 planned shows for area students, and one for the general public, at 7 pm, Friday, March 29, at Eastport Arts Center. With original music by Gregory Biss and lyrics and dialogue by Catherine J.S. Lee, the piece explores issues of bullying and friendship. Cast members, ages 10 to 17, hail from Eastport, Pembroke, Cutler and Perry. 

A project of the Music for Children Program, originally a component of the now-disbanded Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra, this production follows on the heels of memorable children’s shows Brundibar (2018), Hansel and Gretel (2016) and Peter and the Wolf (2014), all of which were presented widely to Washington County students. Brundibar, with a cast of 28 young performers, reached 1,500 area children from 20 schools, as well as homeschoolers.

Brundibár, a 2018 production of the Music for Children project, is applauded.
Photos above and below by Brandy Argir; more images, background & quotes: https://eastportartscenter.org/2018/11/brundibar-project-an-inspiration/
Noah Carver, a blind student from Beals portrayed the Sparrow in the 2018 production of Brundibár, urging protagonists Luna Lord (Aninku) and Nikoh Nickerson (Pepicek) to fight back agains the bully.

This March, the Music for Children group is thrilled to invite area schools and homeschooled students to attend a performance. Invitations have been extended to area schools.

In order to prepare to see the show, teachers and families are encouraged to play for their students a recording of Peter and the Wolf—a classic which helps students to identify the voices of orchestra instruments by casting them as different characters in an exciting story. There are many versions of this piece available via YouTube, or try this one.