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Keeping the tradition alive

Palo Alto-based West Bay Opera perseveres through tough times

The mood is positively electric in Lucie Stern Community Theatre's large backstage green room. Singers in plain clothes, partial- and full-costume run through last-minute exercises; across the hall, a thick cloud of hairspray hangs in the air of the small dressing room where a pair of makeup artists are adjusting wigs and feverishly applying the final touches to the actors' already paint-caked faces; fancifully dressed children and adults rush to and fro, and the orchestra begins playing.

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Posted by Palo Alto Music Lover
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm

What a great story! West Bay Opera is a local treasure, we have enjoyed seeing their productions for many years and it is marvelous to get a peek behind-the-scenes as they prepare for what looks to be another triumph. One comment though: Ragazzi is not a San Francisco-based organization. Although they have an international reputation, we can proudly claim them as also Peninsula-based. (They frequently perform in Palo Alto - very much worth seeing.)


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