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BRUNDIBÁR Open Dress Rehearsal in Machias

Sunday, October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Following the success of Peter and the Wolf in 2014 and Hansel and Gretel in 2016, the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) is ready to present its third Music for Children project: Brundibár! Well-known Czechoslovakian Jewish composer Hans Krása wrote this prize-winning opera for children in 1938—early in the Nazi period of control in Czechoslovakia. During World War II, Nazis established a “City for the Jews” (Theresienstadt, or ‘Terezin,’ concentration camp) to convince the Red Cross that the camps were acceptable places. In this “City” the opera was performed 55 times by an all-child cast accompanied by musicians playing instruments they had been able to smuggle into the camp. Despite continuous changes in the cast due to ongoing deportations, Brundibár was a great source of hope and pride for residents of the camp.

The story is about two children who face challenges when trying to earn money to buy milk for their sick mother. With the support of animals and local children they overcome the power of the bully, organ-grinder Brundibár. Featuring a cast of 26 local children in grades 4-12 and an ensemble of 12 PBSO musicians, the show encourages dialogue about bullying, oppression and tolerance. PBSO has created a Teacher Resource Manual for use by schools to encourage this dialogue and to prepare the children so this becomes a true musical learning experience.
PBSO will present 8 shows for up to 1,500 children from 19 Washington County schools and also homeschooled students. Shows for schools will be October 16, 17, and 18 at the University of Maine at Machias Performing Arts Center; and October 22, 23, and 24 at Eastport Arts Center. Homeschooled students may attend a performance of their choosing.

The dress rehearsal at UMM at 2 pm on October 14 is open to the public and a full public performance will be offered at 2 pm, Sunday, October 21, at Eastport Arts Center, with a reception to follow. The performance is free but donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, contact June Gregory at june.gregory@gmail.com or 207-213-9145. Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped accessible.

This project is being completed in association with Eastport Arts Center and Downeast Theater, and with generous grants from The Maine Community Foundation (including the Bary Lyon Small Fund), The Maine Arts Commission, and The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.


Sunday, October 14
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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