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Little Women–and a Guy–Come Home

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Katherine Ciesinski (left) and Margaret Thompson will
sing the parts of Aunt Cecelia and Jo March.
Photograph by Luigi Ciuffetelli
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Delaware natives Katherine Ciesinski and Margaret Thompson, as well as Wilmington resident Grant Youngblood, have all earned international reputations in opera. You’ll be able to see why when they return to sing in OperaDelaware’s production of “Little Women” May 4-10 at the Grand Opera House.

Ciesinski, originally of Newark, will sing the role of Aunt Cecelia. Thompson, originally of Dover, sings Jo March. Youngblood will sing Fredrich. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Mark Adamo’s contemporary opera, set in Massachusetts during the Civil War, is a coming-of-age story about the March sisters, who learn the only thing that never changes in life is that life changes.

“I can relate to Jo. She’s very passionate about the love of her family,” Thompson says. “I relate to that because I have a very close family in Dover, and I came home to be with my family. I’m so happy to be home in Delaware.”

Adamo’s score blends classic passages with modern phrasing. Costumes by Wilmington designer Karen Jess are exquisite. Expect lots of passion from director Leland Kimball. And if you haven’t gotten your fill of Youngblood when the opera’s run finishes, you can hear him sing Copland and Mahler with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra May 16-17 at the Grand. For tickets and more information on either performance, call 652-5577.
-Maria Hess

Joking about homeland security would be inappropriate, but we’re willing to let City Theater Company take the heat. And things should swelter in the world premiere of “Homeland Security,” a comedy by resident playwright Drury Pifer, through May 10 in Wilmington. This is a story about a congressman and wife embroiled in controversy while they attempt to adopt a baby, proving that politics and parenting make strange bedfellows. Pifer’s play is deliciously irreverent. Get tickets at Tix.com or at the door. For more, contact 757-9623 or www.city-theater.org.

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