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Children's Opera Coming to Campus
Saturday, May 23 | 2-3 p.m. | Lakireddy Auditorium,  5200 North Lake Rd., Merced

Everyone is welcome to attend a performance of the children’s opera “Who Stole B Flat?” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Lakireddy Auditorium.

"Who Stole B-Flat?" is a story full of mystery, beauty and hilarious interactive-fun, and will be performed for schoolchildren and the general public as part of an effort to expose Merced County youth to opera and theater.

Approximately 3,000 area schoolchildren will attend twice-daily school performances between May 18 and 22. These performances are offered to schools at no cost and are held in the Lakireddy Auditorium at UC Merced.

The performance on May 23 is for everyone, including the general public, to enjoy. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Parking is free.

The opera is written by Nancy Steele Brokaw, and uses music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini and Arthur Sullivan. This particular presentation of “Who Stole B-flat?” marks its West Coast premier after an initial production in Illinois last spring.

The opera features professional opera singers Shawnette Saulker as Princess Aria and Jonathan Smucker as Prince Forte, along with Modesto College music student, Uriah Brown as Count Pizzicato and UC Merced student, Karlyn Rahmgren as Prince Poco Pants.

The project is sponsored by the Merced County Office of Education, Arts UC Merced Presents, the Betty Scalice Foundation and private donations. Jenni Samuelson, lecturer for the Global Arts Studies Program at UC Merced, is directing and co-producing the opera along with Professor Katherine Steele Brokaw and Arts UC Merced Presents Producing Manager Gail Benedict. Philip J. Smallwood is the music director.

For more information, please contact Jenni Samuelson at

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