“The Tender Land” not only has amazing returning cast members, but the show also features a musical team that is experienced with The Muddy River Opera Company. The choral director for the show is longtime MROC chorus master Paul Shelor. Shelor said, “It is a delight to be a part of the musical side of a show with the right people, and this opera has lots of talented, enthusiastic, and quick learners in its cast”. The conductor for “The Tender Land” is Dr. David Galant. He said that his job is to bring music to the forefront of the show as well as to make the music flow with the storytelling. Galant strives to make the music and the acting 50/50 in all of his shows at MROC, “The Tender Land” included. This will be Galant’s fourth year with the Muddy River Opera Company.
If you have never seen an opera before, this production is a great first opera experience because the show is in English and the cast has great enunciation. Gilgallon says, “‘The Tender Land’ is a real-life story with lots of action in the second act of the show. The score by Copeland screams Americana as well”. Be sure to come see MROC’s production of “The Tender Land” on June 14that 7:30 pm or June 16that 3:00 pm in the Orr Auditorium at John Wood Community College.