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Around The Arts

February 16, 2013

Local programs help children's creativity grow


In addition to the camp, the Roxbury Arts Group often casts children in performances, including roles in its popular radio plays; and, open mic nights, hosted the first Friday of each month in Stamford, are known to draw musicians of all ages, including local high school bands. The organization also participates in the Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership, or CROP, which is a consortium that provides enriching after school programs. Much like the group’s summer camps and workshops, the CROP programs cover a variety of art forms, including performance art.

Each season I’ve been with Glimmerglass, the number of children in the productions has grown. I first recall a singular 4-year-old supernumerary (an actor that does not sing in an opera) during my second season with the company, and this summer will showcase a locally cast 24-person children’s chorus in a new version of David Lang’s “the little match girl passion.” There is a special delight in watching a child grow from his/her audition, through rehearsals and performances, to the final curtain call, and knowing that your very talented colleagues helped them through it all.

Let me rephrase my opening sentence: I am not a stage mom, yet. But, I know that day’s coming. Since she was barely able to walk I could see it in my daughter — the desire to perform, the thrill of being the center of attention and the love of vocal and instrumental music performed by, well, her. It’s an undeniable fact that my quiet evenings at home (if you don’t count her singing show tunes while playing piano) are numbered. And, I couldn’t be more excited! 

June Dzialo is a member of ArtsOtsego, the alliance of Otsego County arts organizations, and marketing director for The Glimmerglass Festival. Column ideas and questions may be sent to For more Around the Arts columns, visit

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