DERBY LINE, VT/STANSTEAD, QC. - The 108th Season at the historic Haskell Opera House opens the Weekend of May 13th.
The only International Opera House in the world that celebrates the arts in a variety of offerings, all listed on its website with ticket locations and prices (www.haskellopera.com  and our new partner, www.catamountarts.org ).
The big news for the season is that the Haskell will start showing movies as part of the Tech Upgrade integration. The Vermont International Film Fest will showcase their 2012 Season Kickoff at the Opera House.
The three-day Film Fest will include 5-7 movies from around the world Sept. 28, 29, 30. One of the 2011 winning films, "Tin Can," featured the Kingdom’s own Tim Kavanagh. Who knows what REEL personalities will show up this time.
Also NEW this season, the Haskell has produced a CD entitled "Haskellectibles," a collection of songs donated by the performers past and present to benefit the Haskell Opera House. Twenty cuts make up the eclectic compilation. Songs from classical to blue grass, musical comedy to opera, country western to barbershop; there is something for everyone. All proceeds will benefit the Opera House.
The season premiere, May 13, 2 p.m., is Quintessential Classicals IV, an eclectic afternoon of insouciant charm that would delight anyone, especially Mothers on Mother’s Day. The artistry begins with the Newport Community Orchestra under the direction of Ken Michelli performing selections from Bach, Mozart and Hayden. Orchestra members include Paul Gauvin, Angus Gluck, Ray Giroux and Kathy Ketchum on violin; Ellen Sullivan and Sally Rivard on cello; Heather Webster, Lisa C. Erwin, Sue Brassett on flute; Amos Hamilton, Chris Maginnis, Linda Aiken, Lynn Perry on clarinet; and Peter Storrings on percussion.
May 13 mainstage event is Ballet Arts with "Graduation Ball." "Graduation Ball" is a romantic, comedy ballet choreographed by David Lichine in 1939 for the Original Ballet Russe; music composed by Johann Strauss 11.
The ballet is in one act and the scene is a girls’ boarding school in Austria around 1840. A graduation ball will soon begin, to which cadets have been invited. Ballet Arts dancers will take the audience on a journey through the preparatory primping of the girls and awkward flirtations with the boys.
Our main characters are “the Pigtail Girl,” and “the Romantic Girl.” The final scene is a very energetic grand gallop with the boys and the girls. This ballet is filled with funny antics, quirky personalities, and a lot of energy; laughing is most appreciated! Additional choreography and staging is by Kathleen McCloskey-Scott, director Ballet Arts. This is a benefit for the Haskell Opera House.
May 17, 7 p.m. is Page to Stage, a collaboration between North Country Union High School and QNEK Productions to benefit the Haskell. QNEK has been working with the Contemporary Voices classes for three consecutive years and has developed a scriptwriting program that moves from the written word to a professionally-mounted production. The winning Ten-Minutes Plays include :The Babysitter," "Leporiphobia," "Valentine’s Day," "The 11:15," "The Unexpected," and "Cat on a Hot Tin Bench." The performances benefit the Haskell Free Library.
Subsequent performances include the Canadian Sensation Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café. This will be a live taping May 23 and May 24 at 7 p.m. Seating is limited.
May 26 at 7:30 p.m., is Danse Bergeron, a Danse Recital highlighting a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Watch monthly for more upcoming events or visit the Haskell and Catamount Arts websites at www.haskellopera.com  and www.catamountarts.org . Tours are available – English on the hour and French on the half hour. Also, the Adopt-a-Theatre Seat Project is still in effect. Remember this, EARTH without ART is just “EH” – so do your pART and support the ARTS!
For more information, call 802-873-3022 x 205 (U.S.) or 819-876-2471 x 205 (Canada), for the Haskell Box Office.