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August 15, 2013

Young Artists to perform 'Camelot'

Every summer, emerging young artists come to The Glimmerglass Festival to be coached, trained and mentored in hopes of launching their careers.

Some have auditioned more than once before being accepted in the acclaimed apprenticeship. For instance, Sharin Apostolou, 31, said the third time was the charm for her.

Apostolou, who grew up in Oakland, N.J., said she was attracted to the program because it includes getting to participate in a musical.

The Young Artist will be performing the role of Guinevere during a matinee performance of “Camelot” at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. Although the Young Artists are able to participate in all the operas, this performance is unique because they will make up the entire cast.

The Young Artists have been given the opportunity to perform one of four productions for the season each summer since 2011 when Francesca Zambello became director of the Festival. The Opera Guild sponsors the performance making it less expensive for people to attend. Tickets range from $10 to $25.

Apostolou said preparing for the role has been a balancing act. 

“It’s challenging because of nobility,” she said. “But she is very much a real person. It’s been a pretty good acting challenge to try and find both sides of her.”

André Chiang should be pretty comfortable filling the roll of Lancelot because he was able to participate in about five weeks worth of rehearsals in place of Nathan Gunn, who is serving in the roll for the mainstage performance. Chaing said Gunn did not arrive for his roll until the Monday night before the show opened on a Saturday.

“It was kind of hard to give (the roll) away. But I get it back for a day,” he said.

The Young Artists said those who have already seen “Camelot” should still come see their performance because it will not be a “carbon copy” because they will put their own spin on the characters.

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