JUNEAU - The Juneau nonprofit group Opera to Go has received a $5,000 grant to help produce "The Turn of The Screw." The opera will be performed in Juneau in February and is based on Henry James' classic Victorian ghost story.
The grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts' Partnership Across Communities program will support a collaboration between the University of Alaska Southeast and Opera to Go. The novella will be taught in English 211 and students will compare the text with the operatic version of the story, written in 1954 by Benjamin Britten. There will be a discussion forum as well.
Joyce Parrry Moore, artistic director and founder of Opera to Go, and the director and a performer in the upcoming production, said the university and the community theater group are looking at how contemporary classical music can bring classic literature to life.
"It will involve the English faculty," Parry Moore said. "The money will subsidize the production and help bring in guest instrumentalists to come to Juneau and play, and will help with dramaturgy."
The story is set on an estate in England at the end of the 19th century and deals with issues of corruption, innocence and redemption, and the lasting influence of malevolence.
The show will be sung with a six-member cast and a 13-piece chamber orchestra. Todd Hunt will be the musical director.