Spokane – Inland Northwest Opera (INO) is offering three public performances of Seymour Barab’s, The Toy Shop to area
families in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane.
“We seek to build a connection among people of all ages and backgrounds, bringing opera to many who will experience
it for the first time. The program also gives young emerging singers some of their first professional credits,” said Dawn
Wolski, General Director.
The Toy Shop, directed by Maria Caprile, brings a tale about a toymaker and two of his mechanical dolls who wish they
were real, while a troublesome magician wishes to steal them from the shop. With songs including “If Only I Could Cry,
How Happy I Would Be” and “Love is the Key,” they uncover the magic of life. Casting includes opera students from the
University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University. These free community performances are May 19th – 4:00 pm at
First Presbyterian Church (521 E Lakeside Ave, Coeur d’Alene) and May 21 – 1pm at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library
(702 E Front Ave, Coeur d’Alene) and June 1, 2019 – 3:00 pm at West Central Community Center in Spokane 1603
North Belt Street.
Maria Caprile is co-director of Winding Road Theatre Ensemble in Tuscon, Arizona and has been a fixture in the Spokane
Theater community as a director for Interplayers Theatre and Spokane Civic Theatre. She is also author and director of
the original play “The Little Mermaid: A Tale of Aloha,” produced by Spokane Children’s Theatre.
Members of the cast are Madelein Bowman, soprano as “Pauline,” with Dylan Aguayo, tenor as “Paul,” and Braden
House, baritone as “Toymaker. Edmund Brown, bass, will be “Aaron Blunder,” along with pianist Jenny Twitchell.